Frogs by State

Frogs and Toads of Hawaii

Frogs and Toads of Hawaii

There are no native species of frogs or toads in Hawaii but there are a number of invasive species that should be eliminated if found there.

Here is a few of the invasive species.


The Green and Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) was introduced in Hawaii to help control non-native insect populations on the island. They obtain their poison from their natural habitats so they should not be poisonous on the island.


The Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) is one of the most notorious toads in the world. Australia is trying to kill off their invasive populations of the species and in Florida, they are trying too. They were introduced in Hawaii in 1932 to help control pests.


The Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) is a large tree frog species that is native to Cuba. No one is sure how it got to Hawaii but it is believed to be from people releasing them when they did not want them anymore as pets.


The Green House Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) was accidentally introduced by shipments of plants, hence the name Green House Frog. They can eat native animal species.


The Coqui Frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) was accidentally introduced in Hawaii in about 1988. They have a large appetite that puts native insects at risk.


The American Bull Frog (Lithobates catesbianus) has a big appetite and eats anything it can fit into its giant mouth. It is naturally found in the eastern half of the USA but has spread across the globe.


The Wrinkled Frog (Rana rugosa) is native to Japan. Its effects on the ecosystem of Hawaii is currently unknown.


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