Trust me, don't be wishing for more cuban treefrogs as they are already doing a ton of damage in the florida area. They are wiping out tons of native treefrogs and it is very bad that they were introduced. They are everywhere down there! As well as cuban brown anoles. I hate invasives!!!!!
I read a theory on that which makes sense, The Cuban treefrogs can live and thrive where Native greens can not. You can find Cuban treefrogs even in the most built up areas of Miami . I mean concrete and buildings . You can also find brown anoles there.
The big boom in construction in Florida esp Miami in last 20 yrs was the kiss of death for green anoles and green treefrogs they need green trees,wild area not shopping centers ,condos,golf courses every few blocks and 50% of private houses with cemented over back yards.
The green natives were on borrowed time in these areas the non natives simply filled in the vacant spot but they did not push them out.
There are still green anoles and green trees in my area as lots nature woods,farm,etc but go 45 minutes from here more towards city of Miami and the brown anoles and Cuban treeefrogs are the only types you see .
This is not case for all non natives replacing natives but perhaps it was in this case it was simply the lack of wild areas and better cuban trees and brown anoles in built up Miami than nothing.
I think Florida wildlife dept prefers to blame those 2 for the dieing out green and anoles rather than say "yes the state needed 2000 golf courses and 50,000 vacant condos and countless vacant mini malls(I have nothing against Golf lol) . Never mind we are paving over nature at an unreal rate lets just blame the non natives.
the Cuban trees in my area are slow moving trees when I go in yard at night they jump out of ponds on the wall or dive deeper but so slow I can catch them but the Greens are fast . I cant fathom the Cuban trees taking a toll on the greens but I can fathom bulldozers taking a toll on them
P.S I am not a Cuban tree frog lobbyiest lol
Edited by Sal, 05 May 2008 - 07:29 PM.