Some coqui frogs packing on weight in Isles

A new wrinkle has appeared in Hawai’i’s ever-growing population of invasive chirping frogs: Colossal coquis. Titanic tree toads. Humungous Eleutherodactylus, to elaborate on their scientific name.

The normally diminutive amphibians with the amplified shriek are suddenly going jumbo on the Big Island — as big as tennis balls, some say.

State agriculture officials can’t confirm that claim, but do say Big Island coqui frogs are getting bigger.

While most of the adults are still about the size of a 25-cent piece — which is an inch in diameter — a few popping up on the Big Island have been compared to the size of Morgan silver dollars, which are a full inch and a half wide.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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