Asked on May 14, 2013

What kinda frog? Cuban or Florida Tree Frog?

Pat S
by Pat S
Found him yesterday on my outside light and was still there today so moved him along but just wondering what he is and if harmful to the dog??? am I gonna have frog warts now??
good thing I didn't use the outside light while he was up there!
I guess he climbed up 'cause he has good grippers!
  21 answers
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 15, 2013
    That is one fat frog! Frog ID is way out of my range of expertise, but here are photos of the various tree frogs found in Florida and maybe they will help you ID your visitor:
  • Dawn Neamon Enochs Dawn Neamon Enochs on May 15, 2013
    IDK what kind he is, but I have them at my house also. They like getting into my Hot tub, somehow with lid on??? They like sticking to the moisturized inside lid.
  • Lisa C Lisa C on May 15, 2013
    Yeap I have them also they must love heat! They are by my light a lot honestly I keep it on with out looking and most of the time they hide behind the wreath on my front door which gets a lot of sun. They don not move I have sprayed them with the hose they are stubborn! but they can live there and eat bugs for me I am cool with that I just look every time I swap a wreath because once one got in the house and I had to pick it up to get it out before it was a cat toy!
  • CindyandGeorge Schaeffer CindyandGeorge Schaeffer on May 15, 2013
    FL tree frogs are very green. Lately everyone has been seeing these very large similar ones with a greyish shade. I can tell you that those do not belong here as I was born in Central FL and moved to the East Coast in 1986, so maybe they are Cuban? I just know that even if the smallest green one drops down on me from over head it totally freaks me out! I become a crazy person!!
  • Pat S Pat S on May 15, 2013
    I felt bad for him sitting up there but I guess that is a good spot for night bugs.... he was fatter than any frogs I was finding but I'll try the link from @Douglas Hunt I thought you'd know for sure!
  • Yes, I think this is tree frog and they are not bad for dogs and I do not think you need to worry for your dog because of this little frog. Yes, you are right that they have good gripper to climb there, but they cannot climb on total silky wall.
  • Victoria Grant Conine Victoria Grant Conine on May 15, 2013
    Joe, If Florida we have some invasive frogs that can be deadly to the dogs, which is probably why there is all this conversation. He does not look like the Cuban that Wikipedia shows.
  • Pat S Pat S on May 15, 2013
    He does sound like a Cuban. Although the article mentions human reactions, it doesn't mention dogs and mine is only 20#. I'll just watch her as usual around the critters!
  • Sheila E Sheila E on May 15, 2013
    I've never gotten a wart from handling a frog.
    • Ginny Garland Ginny Garland on Apr 28, 2017

      Lol..warts are actually from a virus, not frogs...they could cause heart attack or injury in some people (ME)..scared of the nasty little things!

  • Frankie Laney Frankie Laney on May 15, 2013
    Florida is beautiful but has way too many little and big critters for me! That would freak me out to find one in the hot tub.
  • Lynn Lynn on May 15, 2013
    My daughter who loves 'identification' challenges says this: Definitely a tree frog of some sort. It's the toads that are toxic so I don't think any concern for dogs. Could be a green tree frog. but based on size, likely a Cuban (invasive): "Usually 1.5 to 3 in. (max. ~ 5.5 in.) Note: Any treefrog in Florida that is larger than 2.5 inches is definitely NOT native, and is probably a Cuban Treefrog."
  • Penster47 Penster47 on May 15, 2013
    Warts come from viruses, so unless your frog had a virus, you're safe!! LOL
  • Paula Paula on May 18, 2013
    Definitely a Cuban treefrog. The native is bright green and maybe 1.5 inches tops. Any really big treefrog like this is a Cuban. Cubans will eat the natives! And outcompete them for habitat. Same thing is true for your lizards (anoles). The little green guys are natives (they can turn light brown), and the bigger brown guys are invaders from the Caribbean. The natives are far less common than they were just a few years ago.
  • Pat S Pat S on May 19, 2013
    thank you Paula.
  • Sherrie Slaboda Sherrie Slaboda on Sep 16, 2015
    I just read this and thought it may help to identify the Cuban frog. I'll get someone to do it for me if I see a frog I don't recognize. A good test to determine if a frog is a Cuban treefrog is to grasp the frog firmly, but gently, and try to move the skin around on the top of the frog's head with your fingertip. The skin on the head of a Cuban treefrog is fused to the top of the skull and won't move.
  • Wendy Wendy on May 18, 2016
    Cuban whites aresmooth skinned
  • T. Martinelli T. Martinelli on Sep 20, 2016
    This frog was on my window last night ,I'm in KY ,never seen frogs like this one,he's white in color
  • T. Martinelli T. Martinelli on Sep 20, 2016
    Another pic of the frog
  • T. Martinelli T. Martinelli on Oct 17, 2016
    I try every night to get a pic of the wolf but it won't let me ,last night I was coming in from the hospital where my husband is an I'd just open the gates to our driveway an that wolf was there follow my car all the way up to the house then once I'm in ,he leaves,I see sometimes late at night outside on cameras on our property, an now that strange frog is around every night,
  • Wendy Wendy on Oct 18, 2016
    I believe he is Cuban, and they eat the Florida tree frogs.