Credit: Denise Gregoire, US Geological Survey
Watch For Invasive Cuban Tree Frogs In Georgia, Scientists Warn
Georgia wildlife scientists are urging people to watch out for an invasive kind of frog.
The first confirmed Cuban Tree Frog in Georgia was spotted more than 15 years ago, but the Department of Natural Resources has gotten more reports of them recently.
They pose a threat to the state’s native tree frogs because they compete for resources — and, according to wildlife biologist Eamonn Leonard, are highly carnivorous, eating other tree frogs.
Wildlife biologist Daniel Sollenberger said you can identify the invasive frogs because of their size.
“They are much larger than any of our native frogs,” he said. “They can cover your hand. Not just your palm, but a good bit of your whole hand.”
They also often have warts, more like toads, and have oversized toe pads.
If you think you see one, Sollenberger said to capture it in a clear container, take a photo and contact DNR. Photos can be emailed to him directly at email@example.com.