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Frogs

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

One of the larger aquatic frogs.

Beneficial
Diet: insects, crayfish, other aquatic invertebrates

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

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140713174525/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/a-leopard-is-loose-in-my-garden.html

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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: 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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