CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) **INVASIVE SPECIES**
There is no denying they can be cute from a distance, but up close they are slimy and messy and can produce allergic reactions in people.
A BIG invader which is threatening Florida’s ecosystems as they eat and out compete our native species of treefrogs. They hide in dark places and can short circuit electric lights or your water softening system threatening your pocketbook.
They are back! and because of the lack of a hard freeze this year (in these parts), the numbers are on the rise. I already caught three in the last three days and I’ve seen a couple more that I couldn’t reach. Those caught are in the freezer awaiting trash pickup.
If you find them, euthanize them using the methods suggested by the University of Florida.
Here’s a photo from 2009 when they invaded my bird houses. Cute, but they have to go!