Displaced invader

cuban tree frog (2)

cuban tree frog (1)

When the large bunches of banana trees in the back yard were being trimmed for the season this Cuban Tree Fog found itself looking for a new place to call home. It was sitting in an open area in the grass looking perplexed.

This type of tree frog is an invasive species (of which there are a number here) and the local universities guide residents to humanely euthanize all that are found. This one hopped away. A few days after I took these a blog I follow had an interesting post about them, CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) **INVASIVE SPECIES** — I’m glad I wasn’t sure of the species at the time, I don’t like the idea of knowing that killing it would be considered the responsible thing to do.

Such a shame that a lovely little being like this causes so much disharmony in the ecosystem.