Amid the outbreak of the Coronavirus and protests against racism, the United States faces an unforeseen new crisis, as a species of poisonous large frog known as the “reed frog” has spread south of Florida.
The American “Fox News” network reported that “this type of frogs usually lives in South America and parts of Texas and Australia, but the recent heavy rains in Florida contributed to the reproduction of these amphibians.”
She added, “Reeds frog has skin covered in glands and pimples, and the length of these frogs reaches 20 centimeters sometimes, knowing that females are larger than males, and their colors vary between gray, yellow, burnt or greenish brown, and they have toxic glands in the skin, back and behind the eyes, Make it a deadly threat to pets. ”
These animals proliferate abundantly, with females laying between 8 thousand and 25 thousand eggs at a time, in the form of gel chains, sometimes reaching 20 meters in length.
“As long as there is abundant water, these frogs will multiply,” said William Kern, associate professor at the University of Florida who specializes in urban pest management.
He added: “When these frogs feel dangerous, they release their poison that can kill any animal that tries to devour, bite or even lick them, knowing that this poison can kill a person.”
Reed frogs are classified as a serious pest in more than 20 countries and pose a threat to other creatures to the point that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends killing them.
Source: “US agencies”