Then very slowly and gently slide the fat end of your frog plunger into the slanted end of the pipe and use it to slowly nudge the frog into the bag (Figure 4). Peek through the bag into the treefrog house while you are plunging to be sure the frog is hopping along okay. Try not to touch the frog with the plunger if you can help it because its legs could get caught.
If your frog is a real homebody, you might need to give the frog a little nudge in the rear with the plunger. Be patient—soon you will be an expert frog plunger! Make a "frog plunger" with a fat end that fits the inside of your treefrog house, and use it to gently push your treefrog into a plastic zipper bag so you can find out what kind of frog it is. If you can not reach the bag to hold it while you plunge the frog, be sure to grab it and zip it all the way closed as soon as the frog hops inside. [Click thumbnail to enlarge.] When you have gotten the frog in the bag, pull the bag off of the pipe and zip it closed. Do not ever try to catch or hold a treefrog with your bare hands, since it could be an invasive Cuban treefrog. The skin of Cuban treefrogs oozes slimy mucus that helps them slip away from predators and will burn your eyes and make you sneeze! Be sure you do not keep the frog in the bag for more than ten minutes, and keep it in the shade or inside.
You might find native green or squirrel treefrogs, or invasive Cuban treefrogs (Figure 5) using your treefrog house. Take the frog inside, and look at the pictures below (or on our treefrog website, http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/florida/shtml) to figure out what kind of frog it is. If it is a native treefrog, you can put it back in the treefrog house. If the frog is not native, give it to an adult who is not afraid of frogs or any other creepy crawlies—you know, the one you call when there is a big spider in your room! Green treefrogs (A) and squirrel treefrogs (B) are native. Adult Cuban treefrogs (C) can be green, gray, brown, or white. Young Cuban treefrogs (D) are usually greenish-tan with light green stripes down their sides. Use the photo galleries at http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/treefrogs.shtml to identify treefrogs. Cuban treefrogs are causing harm to our native ecosystem in ways that we have only begun to understand, and are causing native treefrog populations to decline. They have also become an urban pest, showing up in toilets, clogging drains, and leaping from doorways onto unsuspecting passers-by. They can do considerable economic damage by short-circuiting utility switches and causing expensive power outages. Their skin secretes slimy mucus that can burn the eyes and nose and cause allergy symptoms or trigger an asthma attack. Do not allow children to handle these frogs with bare hands! We recommend that you learn more about these frogs and how you can use treefrog houses to remove these noxious pests from your yard so they do not hang around (and possibly enter) your home. By removing Cuban treefrogs, you can help Florida's native treefrogs survive in suburbia. For more information on Cuban treefrogs, please take the time to read The Cuban Treefrog in Florida , online at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw259. This document is WEC263, one of a series of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, UF/IFAS Extension. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. McGarrity, former Johnson lab Extension coordinator; and Steve A. Johnson, associate professor and Extension specialist, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office. Tube Town ® is the way cool Growafrog Habitat you and your Growafrogs will love. Yet it has a BIG Habitat look and feel 'cause your frogs get to swim thru the tubes.' TADPOLE Tube-Town is a wonderful way to enjoy GrowaFrogs. just grow you tadpoles into frogs in your Tube-Town. MORPH'IN Tube-Towns includes a hind limb tadpole, a front limb morph'in tad.
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