Greenhouse Frog - Eleutherodactylus planirostris

Greenhouse Frog

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:  Native range is Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and the northern Bahamas. Introduced and established in the United States, likely by way of potted plants and landscape materials, throughout much of Florida and Hawaii and coastal areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Also established in parts of Mexico, Panama, Guam and several localities in the Caribbean.

Louisiana Range:  Known from many of the parishes of southeast Louisiana and also the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Lake Charles metropolitan areas.


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Global Conservation Status:  Greenhouse Frogs have a relatively wide native distribution in Cuba, the Bahamas, and Cayman Islands, a presumed large population, and tolerate a broad range of habitats, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Exotic Greenhouse Frogs do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  I first found this species in Louisiana (in the photos above) under a pile of old palm fronds in St. Bernard Parish in 2009. In 2015, I detected this species at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in Orleans Parish and at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Jefferson Parish. Since 2018, I have found this species at a location in St. Charles Parish.

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