Saskatchewan

Florida frog hops ride to Regina

After hopping onto a shipment from Florida, a tree frog has found a new home in snow-covered Saskatchewan.
A Cuban tree frog, hitch-hitching on a transport truck, ended up in Regina of all places, Dean Gutheil reports. 1:35

After hopping onto a shipment from Florida, a tree frog has found a new home in snow-covered Saskatchewan.

The green amphibian — about five centimetres long with its legs folded up — was found by staff at the Rona Home & Garden centre on the east side of Regina.

It's believed it came in with a shipment of either lumber or greenery from the southern U.S. state.

Regina's Jim Elliott, a wildlife rehabilitator, was contacted and is now caring for the critter, which is not native to the province.

"I've determined it's a Cuban tree frog," Elliott said. "I'm feeding it live crickets."

What happens next is an open question.

The frog is considered an invasive species in Florida and likely wouldn't be welcomed back, Elliott says.

The Saskatchewan climate is another concern. There's still a metre of snow on the ground in Regina, a Prairie city where every tree has been planted by hand.

Elliott says he has contacted Environment Canada to make sure the frog isn't a protected species.

For the time being, the frog is being kept in a Tupperware container as a precaution.

If it is indeed a Cuban tree frog, its skin would be covered with a slightly toxic mucus, Elliott said.