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Invasive Species - Caribbean Tree Frog

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Adam Moore

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Caribbean Tree Frog By: Adam Moore Invasive Species Invasive species are any non-native species that is introduced to a new area and take over the area from native species and the native species decline their population or get completely wiped out. Why are they such a problem to
the native environment? The Caribbean Tree Frog eats a lot insects which depletes the food source for endemic insect and spider species and endemic birds and other native fauna. How they affect us! If they continue to expand and their population keeps getting bigger we believe that the property value will go down because of frog infestations and it also might affect the tourism industry. They also cause us thousands of dollars!! Where They are Now and How They Got There USA, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guam, and Virgin Islands, USA, and their Native area Puerto Rico. The main pathway for spread has been through the nursery trade and they are considering shipments be banned for harboring frogs. General Information About Them The are originally from Puerto Rico and have been spread to other areas by boat. Some non-physical characteristics they are known for is their loud call and their voracious appetite. There skin is usually brownish with spots of black and other colors and they look like a frog (obviously). How to control them and What can "WE" do to help So far we have already banned Intentional transport of the frogs have been banned in Hawaii. They also have people trying to catch them and said that you can catch them with your hands if they are in small numbers. They are also doing trials on caffeine that can be sprayed on them directly. Want to learn more about these frogs? You can go online and research this frog, you could call The Department of Natural Sciences at (808) 848-4118, or you could go to any of the resources on my work cited! Work Cited Pitzler, M. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/pdfs/nepa/HItreefrogFONSI.pdf

Eleutherodactylus coqui (amphibian). (2011, April 09). Retrieved from http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=105&fr=1&sts=&lang=EN Eleutherodactylus coqui
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