Tiny invasive frog hitched a ride from Florida to North Carolina
A tiny froglet found in North Carolina after hitchhiking in someone’s car who had come to the state from Florida turned out to be considered an invasive species in the Tarheel state.
Officials with BeWild Reptile Rescue in Durham said the Cuban tree frog is an invasive and restricted species in North Carolina, and are also very toxic so they pose a danger to pets in the wild.
Right now, he only weighs about a third of a gram, but rescuers say full grown he could be 5-6 inches long, so they’re a bigger species and often prey on native tree frog species.
The rescue is eligible for an educational permit from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission, but the frog will have to stay with them permanently.