Tropical Frogs (family Leptodactylidae
) look much like treefrogs but do not have their horizontal pupils. There is only one species in Florida. It is not native.
The Greenhouse Frog
, Eleutherodactylus planirostris planirostris
, is found under ground litter in most habitats statewide. It is bronze colored with a lighter face, pointed nose, and banded legs. It may have stripes or mottling. It reaches a maximum length of 1.5". Its call is a soft chirp, similar to a cricket.
Eggs are laid in clutches of 19-25 eggs in moist leaf litter and vegetation. In about two weeks, tiny tailed frogs emerge from the eggs. It is the only frog or toad in Florida that does not go through a tadpole stage.
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