Cuban Tree Frog is Becoming a Nuisance in Florida
Published April 29th, 2013
FLORIDA- It's native land of Cuba, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands is a long way from North Central Florida and experts say the Cuban Tree Frog is one animal causing big problems.
Local environmental experts are encouraging citizens to get rid of the intruders as soon as possible
UF Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Dr. Steve Johnson says, "Here in Fl it should not be here, it eats a lot of the same things as our native frogs,so it could be competing for food more importantly it's a predator of native frogs, it eats them and has contributed the local declines of native tree frogs."
Experts don't recommend handling Cuban Tree Frogs bare handed because of the slime they secrete on their back. It's a skin irritant that can also trigger asthma.
According to Johnson Cuban tree frogs can also get into utility boxes and toilets causing power outages and clogged drains.
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