Invasive species threaten Florida

In 2003, Matthew Segal shows a Cuban tree frog, a species that is invading <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100400000000" title="Florida" href="/topic/us/florida-PLGEO100100400000000.topic">Florida</a>. The species hitchhiked on plant imports into the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100408120000" title="Miami (Miami-Dade, Florida)" href="/topic/us/florida/miami-dade-county/miami-%28miami-dade-florida%29-PLGEO100100408120000.topic">Miami</a> area in the early 1950s and spread to Central Florida within a few decades. Cuban tree frogs don't easily tolerate cold but have invaded the Panhandle as far as <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100400000396" title="Leon County (Florida)" href="/topic/us/florida/leon-county-%28florida%29-PLGEO100100400000396.topic">Leon County</a>. They eat native tree frogs.

( ORLANDO SENTINEL file / October 14, 2003 )

In 2003, Matthew Segal shows a Cuban tree frog, a species that is invading Florida. The species hitchhiked on plant imports into the Miami area in the early 1950s and spread to Central Florida within a few decades. Cuban tree frogs don't easily tolerate cold but have invaded the Panhandle as far as Leon County. They eat native tree frogs.

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