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Habitat/Range: Cuban tree frogs are native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands. It is able to survive in a variety of habitat types and is a highly invasive species in Florida, Hawaii, and the Caribbean Islands.
Behavior: These frogs are mainly nocturnal. They sleep the majority of the day and hunt and bred at night. Their skin releases a toxic chemical that can irritate our eyes and cause allergy like symptoms if it makes contact.
Breeding: Female frogs are typically larger than males; this is true for Cuban tree frogs. During the mating season, males have a black nuptial pad on their wrist to help them hold on to the larger female during amplexus. Amplexus is a form of mating seen in reptiles with external fertilization. The male grips on top of the female and fertilizes the eggs as she lays them. Females lay anywhere from several hundred to one thousand eggs at a time. Eggs hatch very quickly, often in less than 30 hours. Tadpoles are fully developed within one month.
Conservation: Listing: Least Concern. These guys wreak havoc on native ecosystems by eating native frogs, lizards and snakes. As tadpoles, they also outcompete native tree frogs. They are a prime example of why it’s not a good idea to release animals into areas they aren’t originally from!