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Frogs

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)

Found a cool spot under some Beautyberry and Blackberry Brambles.

syn. Bufo terrestris

Terrestrial; Beneficial

“Diet: Ants, bees, beetles, crickets, roaches, snails, and other invertebrates.”

Learn: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/southerntoad.shtml

Learn more: https://srelherp.uga.edu/anurans/bufter.htm

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)

One of the larger aquatic frogs and this one topped the scales for any I’ve ever encountered.  From a distance I thought for sure it was a bull frog.

Beneficial
Diet: insects, crayfish, other aquatic invertebrates

Learn: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/southernleopardfrog.shtml

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/a-leopard-is-loose-in-my-garden/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)

Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)

formerly Bufo quercicus, this is the smallest North American toad getting be about 1.5 inch max.

Diet: Ants, beetles, centipedes, spiders, and other invertebrates.

Unlike many toads who tend to be more nocturnal, you’ll see these guys quite often during the daylight.

This one was hiding in the leaf litter in a “forested” area that is a combo of swamp bay, wax myrtle, dahoon covered by climbing virginia creeper and a young live oak.

Learn: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/oaktoad.shtml
Learn more: https://web.archive.org/web/20160701213258/http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/frogstoads/anaxyrus_quercicus.php

Spatial and temporal ecology of oak toads (Bufo quercicus) on a Florida landscape: www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/23625

 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:   Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

I removed the sheet from the water system to find this guy hiding on the softener tank.  It’s been several years since I have seen one of these Florida native treefrogs.

Diet:  Beetles, crickets, caterpillars, beetle larvae, stinkbugs, other small invertebrates.

Learn:  http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/greentreefrog.shtml

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris)

Terrestrial Frog. Exotic (native to Cuba) likely introduced to U.S. through trade. Threat to natives probably minimal as it has natural enemies in snakes. I found this one burrowed inside a crate that was holding some potting soil bags to start my winter veggies.

Diet: Ants, beetles, other tiny invertebrates

Learn: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/amphibians/greenhouse-frog/

Learn more: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/greenhousefrog.shtml

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Oak Toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)

formerly Bufo quercicus, this is the smallest North American toad getting be about 1.5 inch max.

Diet: Ants, beetles, centipedes, spiders, and other invertebrates.

Unlike many toads who tend to be more nocturnal, you’ll see these guys quite often during the daylight. He was visiting my driveway which is a mix of native groundcovers including but not limited to spadeleaf, pennywort, frogfuit and various sedges.

Learn: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/oaktoad.shtml
Learn more: https://web.archive.org/web/20160701213258/http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/frogstoads/anaxyrus_quercicus.php

Spatial and temporal ecology of oak toads (Bufo quercicus) on a Florida landscape: www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/23625

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SPADELEAF (Centella asiatica)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Pinewoods Treefrog (Hyla femoralis)

easily identified if you have it “in hand” by the yellow dots along the thigh. They are quite cooperative. This guy let me photograph is dots, then I put him back on the plant. He quickly jumped back on my hand…I think he liked me.

Shown on Florida Native Plant INKBERRY; GALLBERRY (Ilex glabra)

Learn: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/pinewoodstreefrog.shtml

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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.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW259

Here’s a photo from 2009 when they invaded my bird houses. Cute, but they have to go!

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