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Cuban tree frog invasion in Fernandina Beach

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Updated: 9/10/2013 12:08 am
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.
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almarubio - 9/11/2013 8:17 PM
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before I saw the receipt which was of $5608, I did not believe that...my... mother in law had been really receiving money in there spare time at there labtop.. there friends cousin haz done this less than 10 months and by now paid for the dept on there apartment and purchased a top of the range Chevrolet Corvette. my latest blog post... w­w­w.J­A­M­3­0.C­o­m

almarubio - 9/11/2013 8:15 PM
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before I saw the receipt which was of $5608, I did not believe that...my... mother in law had been really receiving money in there spare time at there labtop.. there friends cousin haz done this less than 10 months and by now paid for the dept on there apartment and purchased a top of the range Chevrolet Corvette. my latest blog post... w­w­w.J­A­M­3­0.C­o­m

wishmistress - 9/10/2013 12:11 PM
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Real, I saw one of those lizards on my porch last week. Normally, I pick up the lizards and put them outside, but even though this little guy was 'oh, so cute', I hesitated and didn't touch him with my hands. I'd never seen one before and wondered if they were poisonous, as well?

FlSunRise87 - 9/10/2013 11:13 AM
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A retired forester wants us to spray the frog with sun screen, bag it up and stick it in a freezer.. I'm pretty sure it would appreciate being crushed to death feeling absolutely nothing much more than toxic shock and slowly freezing to death. Not to mention that theres no way in hell im placing a poisonous frog next to my food meant for consumption gtfo

Realchange - 9/10/2013 10:15 AM
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There is another invasive Cuban species taking over Fla as well. A type lizard similar to but not the same as the North American Chameleon. They interbreed and pass on their genes. Fla Fish and Wildlife does not consider it problem. The species is moving north fast. 30 to 40 years ago all we had was Chameleons now I am seeing these strange marked lizards everywhere the Chameleons used to be. Seen a TV show on it stating the new lizard arrival is from Cuba and they don't consider it invasive.

sarlissa77 - 9/10/2013 7:02 AM
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I found one in Duval County on Southside and Baymeadows last week. I was pretty sure that's what it was, but this video confirms it.

Truthseeker - 9/10/2013 4:32 AM
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Ditto wishmistress. I guess a silver bullet or a stake through their little hearts won't work. Sometimes the people in this town just amaze me!

wishmistress - 9/10/2013 1:46 AM
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("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.) HUH? WTF? What kind of an idiot does this? Just squash the bturds!
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