Our landblog reports:
Residents throughout Oahu were keeping their ears open for the distinctive call of coqui frogs Wednesday night as part of the Oahu Invasive Species Council’s “Go Out and Listen NIght!”
The results are in and the committee is now investigating 12 reports of coqui frogs throughout Oahu.
A total of 133 residents participated in the event and 68 percent of people reported that they didn’t hear any chirping, according to a press release from the Oahu Invasive Species Council.
Some people confused the coqui frog with greenhouse frogs, which aren’t supposed to be on Oahu either, according to the council.
A number of residents said they saw frogs that the Oahu Invasive Species Committee identified as greenhouse frogs from photos sent in with the reports. The greenhouse frog is another accidentally introduced frog that is now widespread on Oahu and looks and sounds different from a coqui frog; it is relatively smaller (less than 1-inch long) and has a softer chirping or cricket-like sound. Twelve reports that came in require further investigation and the Oahu Invasive Species Committee is following up to determine if there are coqui frogs at those locations.