Cuban Tree Frog, Bullfrog – Osteopilus septentrionalis is an amphibian native to Cuba, the Bahamas and Cayman Islands. The largest tree frog in North America, it has a rough, warty skin and toepads much larger than those of other tree frogs. Color varies from olive-brown or bronze to gray or grayish-white. It is nocturnal and sleeps above ground during the day – shown here on the Grand Cayman endemic Banana Orchid – Myrmecophila thomsoniana var. thomsoniana on a Mahogany tree – Swietenia mahagoni. Also on the tree is the Grand Cayman endemic leafless Ghost Orchid – Dendrophylax fawcettii.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Grand Cayman, April 2, 2016.
Biggest frog I have ever seen!
Osteopilus is a genus of frogs in the Hylidae family. These species have a bony co-ossification on the skull resulting in a casque. Color varies between uniform brown, brown-gray, or olive with darker markings or marbled with greens, grays or brown, making a distinct pattern. The finger disks are round; the fingers with a reduced webbing; eyes and tympanum are large. Their natural range includes the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas, but O. septentrionalis has also...