Cuban Tree Frog

Cuban Tree Frog

Scientific Name – Osteopilus septentrionalis

Classification – Hylidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 3 to 5.5 in

Average Weight – Around 57 g (2 oz)

Life Expectancy – 5 to 10 years

Breeding Season – Year-round, but most common between May and October.

Incubation Period – Within 30 hours

Metamorphosis Period – 1 to 2 months

Special Features – Toe pads are much larger compared to other tree frogs; it has the ability to change color depending on their temperature and environment

Family Unit – Not known

Geographical Distribution – Cuba, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands (native); Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, many islands of the Lesser Antilles,  Hawaii, Florida (introduced)

World Population – Increasing

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Natural Habitat – Estuaries, low-density suburban development, agricultural areas, particularly ones with exotic plants, small towns, lowland forests, swamps

Diet – Snails, spiders, insects, other frogs (even their own species), lizards, snakes, small crustaceans, hatchling birds in their nests

Predators – Skunks, raccoons, snakes