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Cuban and Green Tree Frogs

Green Treefrog in rolled up Alligator Flag leaf, med res edit, Corkscrew, 2018-02-24, DSC_7533_edited-1.jpg

Florida is blessed with a diversity of treefrogs – small frogs with large toe pads that serve almost as suction cups, allowing them to cling to walls and climb into vegetation where they hide and consume insects. This week we will focus on two species common in Florida. One, the Cuban Treefrog is an invasive exotic that probably got here as a stowaway from Cuba. It has exceptionally large toe pads and can be gray, tan, or green. It can also have dark blotches on its somewhat warty appearing skin. The Cuban Treefrog is our largest treefrog and one that will sometimes eat smaller ones. The Green Treefrog is a native of Florida that is easily identified by its light green color and a white line extending back from its upper lip.