Osteopilus septentrionalis

Cuban Tree Frog – Photo by Ashley Winchester

This Osteopilus septentrionalis, or Cuban tree frog as it is more commonly known, was caught cooling out in a Love City backyard. Cuban tree frogs, while not native to the Virgin Islands, thrive in moist and shady locations and have been known to congregate in swimming pools and cisterns. Their breeding season lasts from May through October, during which time the distinctive male Cuban tree frog call — a slightly rasping song that is variably pitched — can be heard across the island. Females lay their eggs in bodies of standing water, even puddles or chlorinated pools.