Cuban Tree Frog
Scientific name: Osteopilus septentrionalis
Habitat: trees and shrubs close to water
Diet: spiders, beetles, crickets, moths, caterpillars, mayflies, frogs
Life span: 5–10 years
Young: 100–3,000 eggs at one time
Size: 57 g (2 oz), females much larger than males
This nocturnal tree-dwelling frog has been accidentally introduced throughout the Caribbean and into southern Florida as stowaways in shipping crates or potted tropical plants. The Cuban tree frog competes with local species of frogs for food or by eating them. They hunt by sitting and waiting for their prey. As a defence mechanism, the Cuban tree frog produces an irritant through their skin.
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Edmonton Valley Zoo
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Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7