Who knew that the winds and rains of 2005's Hurricane Katrina would have an effect on the wildlife ecosystems in Acadiana almost 15 years later. That's exactly what's happening as more and more wildlife offices are receiving reports of invasive Cuban Tree Frogs.

The Cuban Tree Frog moved into the United States during the 1920s riding ships into South Florida from the Caribbean. The frogs slowly migrated north through the Sunshine State displacing native species along the way.

In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina did so much damage in the New Orleans area the frogs hitched a ride on palm trees that were being brought in to be planted in the storm-damaged areas. From there, the frogs have continued their march through the Louisiana wetlands and are now being spotted in Acadiana. 

To the untrained eye, the Cuban Tree Frog looks very similar to our native species of frog. However, the Cuban Tree Frog is rather large and if touched with bare skin could cause irritation or a burning sensation. That's why wildlife officials encourage you to wear gloves if you're going to remove them.



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