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Tiny Dirty Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris)  20100727 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Tiny Dirty Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) 20100727

I have been hearing little chirps in my garage in the vicinity of the corner where I store my fertilizer and garden stuff. The chirps would stop whenever I got near, and I could not find their origin, though i thought it might be a tree toad or frog, or maybe a Mediterranean Gecko. Was potting a plant this morning and reopened a bag of potting soil. Inside were at least 6-7 of these little frogs, about 3/4 inch in length. Greenhouse Frogs live in plant litter and their tadpoles develop into frogs inside the eggs, so they don't need a pool or pond to breed. They lack webbing between their toes and have been erroneously called toads. Native to the Caribbean, they have invaded most of the Florida peninsula. Listen to an mp3 of their little chirps that I heard: puca.home.mindspring.com/mp3s/Greenhouse.Frog.mp3

 

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Taken on July 27, 2010