Frog of the Week

Common Coquí (Eleutherodactylus coqui)

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Common Name: Common Coquí, Puerto Rican Coquí
Scientific Name: (Eleutherodactylus coqui)
Family: Eleutherodactylidae
Native Location: Puerto Rico
Introduced Location: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Florida
Size: Male are 1.1 inches to 1.4 inches (30 to 37 mm)  while females grow from 1.4 to 2 inches (36 to 52 mm)

The Common Coquí is one of the loudest frogs in the world. The male call is as loud as a lawn mower or jack hammer. The name of the frog is also from their call because that’s the sound the male makes. Their call is used to attract females and to warn off males from coming into their territory. A male can approach and then they battle it out with song to see who gets the land.

The Coquí has been introduced to other areas where they are causing problems for native wildlife and people. Their sounds piss people off and to make matters worse, they breed year long.

After breeding, the males protect the eggs until they hatch into full grown froglets, skipping the tadpole stage. The eggs are laid on palm trees or other plants. They even use bird nests to lay their eggs.

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