All Things Gardening forum: A couple of visitors

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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Oct 10, 2014 12:33 PM CST
I'm pretty sure they are the Cuban frogs (not good to have); but I'll deal with them another time ! This one has taken over a bird house.
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This one was resting on my pepper.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 10, 2014 7:12 PM CST
http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/cubantreefrog.shtml
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 10, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Definitely are Cubans, Elfie. The large round toe pads are an identifying feature of Cuban Tree frogs. The one in the bird house probably ate the baby birds, too . . Crying Darned things eat everything including other native frogs!
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 10, 2014 8:10 PM CST
Orchidgal, it is good that you posted the photos; it will help others to identify these invasives.
I see by your avatar that you love your pets; I know you will do the right things to keep your pets safe and healthy.

When I found a suspected Cuban tree frog in my yard I captured him and kept him in a small tank, even buying baby crickets to keep him alive until I could be sure of his identity. No worries; mine was a 'good' frog.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Hibiscus Sempervivums Sedums Dragonflies
Herbs Roses Foliage Fan Annuals Cut Flowers Ferns
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orchidgal
Oct 11, 2014 11:55 AM CST
I know I've got to catch it (and the others). I did get one out by the pool a couple of weeks ago. Scooped it into a plastic bag - put a drop or two of Ambisol on its head (supposedly it numbs the creature) and put it in my outside freezer -- where it went peacefully to sleep. Three days later it went out with the trash. I do know that a good way to identify is: catch it (a net always works); hold it (but if in your hand holdit away because they pee a lot) or through the net, touch the top of its head. Move the skin. If it does move, it's a good frog; if it's fused -- it's a Cuban frog.
This is posted on one of the University of Florida bulletins. Easy to look up.
Seriously, we (Master Gardeners in the state of Florida) have been asked to document and do as much research on them as we can if we find them in our yards, and then send it back to the University. They have become a serious threat and creating a massive imbalance with our native species -- apart from eating baby birds !
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
Eeyore
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Oct 11, 2014 4:53 PM CST
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