FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- An invasive species is trying to take over Northeast Florida. Cuban tree frogs are already a problem in Alachua County and are now popping up in Nassau County.
Once they invade, the Cuban tree frog can be found hanging on the side of your home, by a creek or pond, or even in your toilet!
One woman snapped a photo of a large one on her fence in downtown Fernandina. Frightened by its size, she did some digging into the species.
"They just didn't know what it was, took a picture of it, sent it to two or three different places and it was identified," said John Carr, a Greenway volunteer and retired forester.
Carr tells Action News he spotted a Cuban tree frog in the Greenway in Fernandina, but is still trying to determine just how bad the problem is. He tells us they're not deadly but harmful to humans and pets.
"The skin secretes a material that's noxious. It burns your eyes and it burns your skin," said Carr.
We found out they're also detrimental to our ecosystem. Because they're omnivores, they eat just about anything, including frogs, lizards, even snakes. Females can lay up to 3,000 eggs per season.
We did some digging and found that a lot more people in Nassau County are spotting them and have some concerns about the bizarre method of killing them.
"You spray them with that sunburn spray and it has chemicals in it and it actually knocks them down. Then you can take them, and put them in a plastic bag, and put them in the freezer for 12 hours and they are definitely dead," Carr explained.
It may be unconventional, but as Action News has learned, it's the only way to stop them from overpopulating.