Cuban Treefrog (Ostepilus spetentrionalis)

Origin: Cuba


The Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrinalis) is a large treefrog that can grow to 4–5 inches long. They vary in color, but are normally beige, white or brown. They may also be green or dark yellow, and may have darker markings on their back and legs. They have large toe pads, “bug eyes”, numerous small warts, and a yellow wash in their armpit and groin areas. The young have reddish eyes, a jagged line down each side of their body, and bluish-green colored leg bones.

Cuban treefrogs eat insects that would be food for native animals. They invade homes and sometimes are found in people's toilets. When handled, Cuban treefrogs emit a noxious skin secretion that is extremely irritating to the mucous membranes (eyes & nose) of people. And they are even known to invade electrical generating equipment and have caused power outages. Their breeding calls can be a nuisance as well.

What You Can Do

If you have seen frogs of the above description in your area, contact the Forestry Services at  telephone 784-457-8594.