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Invasive Cuban treefrogs discovered in New Orleans

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frog4896Officials say that Cuban treefrogs caught at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans could soon pose a threat to native frogs across the Mississippi river.

Invasive, noxious Cuban treefrogs that eat smaller frogs and grow as big as a human fist have established a population in New Orleans, and officials say they could soon pose a threat to native frogs across the Mississippi river.

The US Geological Survey says frogs caught at the Audubon zoo in the city and at a nearby riverfront park are the first established population of Cuban treefrogs on the US mainland outside Florida, where they’ve been multiplying at least since the 1950s.

The captured frogs probably arrived on palm trees from Florida that were planted in the zoo in 2016, USGS research ecologist Brad Glorioso wrote in a study published in the April issue of the journal Biological Invasions. “They have noxious skin…

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