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A species of animal that has found its way to the shores of the United States because they have been brought by people is the Cuban tree frog. This is becoming a common animal in Florida because of how successfully they have been able to adapt to the area, which is very much like that of Cuba.
This frog is the largest of all of these amphibians that you will find in North America, and has such a large diet in terms of the kinds of foods that it will eat that it has made it easily able to adapt to the continental United States.
This frog can range from about 3 inches to 5.5. This makes it the largest tree frog in North America. The skin is quite warty and rough, and you will often see an orange tint in the eyes of this frog. The skin color itself can range from brown, to olive, to bronze, to gray. You are likely to even see some white in the skin of these frogs.
The Cuban tree frog is an excellent climber and will sleep inside a tree during the daytime. At night, they forage around the ground looking for insects and other sources of food. The most common kinds of foods that these frogs will eat are such things as snails, spiders, and other insects, but they are also known to eat other frogs, snakes, crustaceans, lizards, and even birds. There seems to be no limitation to the different foods that they will eat.
In this species of frog, the females are larger than the males. Cuban frogs are able to breed all year long, with the most common months being May and October. The reason why these months are so common is because they are the wettest months of the year. This makes it conducive to the lifecycle of the Cuban tree frog.
While being native to Cuba, they have found themselves onto islands of the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. They have even been found in some areas quite far away from Cuba, including Hawaii, and are now working their way along the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
How they have been able to disperse themselves across a wider range of the earth has occurred because of their ability to hijack their way in potted plants or other vegetation that has been brought from the Cuban island. Because of the fact that they are able to breed year-round and eat a great diversity of food, it is been easy for them to thrive and acclimate themselves to new areas where they arrive.
Because of the large numbers of different kinds of foods that they will eat, they are harming ecosystems in some locations because they easily wipe out smaller amphibians and reptiles as well as insect populations. It is very likely that in a short period of time that this could become the dominant frog of North America.
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