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By 7009539374 27 Jun, 2017

Recently I found myself engaged in a conversation with a lifetime Florida resident when the topic of conversation turned to “FROGS IN TOILETS.”   I was surprised at the nonchalant mention of “yeah we get frogs in our toilets all the time.”


Now I will confess I am not from Florida.  I live in the Midwest and have never actually visited Florida.  


So my initial response was “you have got to be kidding me!”  I honestly didn’t believe him so I pressed the issue but he refused to budge saying this was a normal occurrence in Florida.   A day later I hadn’t been able to get my mind off our conversation..   I just had to find out if this was a big hoax or if this was true!


As visualizations of frogs lingered in my mind I remembered my brother in-law had lived in Florida for years!  So I typed up a text, pressed send and waited eagerly to see if the “frogs in toilet” story was actually true.  Then his response….

Me:

Hey I have a weird question
When you all lived in Florida did you ever end up with a frog in your toilet?

Him:
Bwahaha!

Me:
Not just something green and brown:-)
Something actually alive and swimming!

Him:
Yes it was quite shocking actually:-)
It certainly beats a Mississippi Squirrel Revival

Me:
Haha.....someone told me that earlier today and I thought they were kidding me.

YUCK was the comments my lovely wife made when I shared my new found knowledge with her.  Her point....the toilet is the dirtiest place in the home and what better way to spread germs than to have a 4 legged creature hanging out there. Is it obvious that for years she has had a fear of frogs?  The whole thing be traced back to a loving prankster brother.  


With this new information in hand and my curiosity peaked I began doing research on Florida frogs.  

To my surprise the “frogs in toilets” has become a common occurrence.  Wanting to know more I dug deeper to see why and how this happens..  


What I found is that the Cuban Tree frog is growing in incredible numbers. There are a number of things outside of their invasive nature that is playing a part such as temperatures, moisture and more.  


I must confess that I have a few more research tools when it comes to weather than the average guy.  This comes from being partners in a business that operates a  meteorology center which studies weather, predicts weather and produces post weather data to assist in the restoration industry.  


With these resources in hand and a natural curiosity to boot, I went to work digging up information on the Cuban Tree frog.  What I found was pretty amazing!  

For those of you non native Floridians let me give you the lowdown on what I learned…

Its an invasive species that actually eats native Florida frogs

It multiplies like crazy as according to Wikipedia a full clutch of frog eggs is on average 3,961. Those eggs hatch in under 30 hours and develop in one full month

The Cuban Tree frog breeding season is from May to October

They love the warmth of shingles so they naturally end up on roofs

On your roof they get hot hanging out on the shingles and seek our coolness/shade in your roof  vent pipes since plastic is a poor conductor of heat.  This is their access point to your toilet. Living proof, just search YouTube for “frog in roof vent” http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpze8KsZHzc


Okay so all of you Floridians may be saying yeah yeah  yeah…...tell us something we don’t know!


Okay how about this,  I have a lot of weather data that says this year could be a record year for frogs in Florida!


You see weather effects when frogs breed, how many of their eggs are able to hatch and how much moisture is around for those tadpoles to survive.  Here is how I came to the conclusion that 2017 is the year of a frog invasion…..


2017 has been the HOTTEST year on record for Florida when looking at January to April data:

By 7009539374 27 Jun, 2017

Recently I found myself engaged in a conversation with a lifetime Florida resident when the topic of conversation turned to “FROGS IN TOILETS.”   I was surprised at the nonchalant mention of “yeah we get frogs in our toilets all the time.”


Now I will confess I am not from Florida.  I live in the Midwest and have never actually visited Florida.  


So my initial response was “you have got to be kidding me!”  I honestly didn’t believe him so I pressed the issue but he refused to budge saying this was a normal occurrence in Florida.   A day later I hadn’t been able to get my mind off our conversation..   I just had to find out if this was a big hoax or if this was true!


As visualizations of frogs lingered in my mind I remembered my brother in-law had lived in Florida for years!  So I typed up a text, pressed send and waited eagerly to see if the “frogs in toilet” story was actually true.  Then his response….

Me:

Hey I have a weird question
When you all lived in Florida did you ever end up with a frog in your toilet?

Him:
Bwahaha!

Me:
Not just something green and brown:-)
Something actually alive and swimming!

Him:
Yes it was quite shocking actually:-)
It certainly beats a Mississippi Squirrel Revival

Me:
Haha.....someone told me that earlier today and I thought they were kidding me.

YUCK was the comments my lovely wife made when I shared my new found knowledge with her.  Her point....the toilet is the dirtiest place in the home and what better way to spread germs than to have a 4 legged creature hanging out there. Is it obvious that for years she has had a fear of frogs?  The whole thing be traced back to a loving prankster brother.  


With this new information in hand and my curiosity peaked I began doing research on Florida frogs.  

To my surprise the “frogs in toilets” has become a common occurrence.  Wanting to know more I dug deeper to see why and how this happens..  


What I found is that the Cuban Tree frog is growing in incredible numbers. There are a number of things outside of their invasive nature that is playing a part such as temperatures, moisture and more.  


I must confess that I have a few more research tools when it comes to weather than the average guy.  This comes from being partners in a business that operates a  meteorology center which studies weather, predicts weather and produces post weather data to assist in the restoration industry.  


With these resources in hand and a natural curiosity to boot, I went to work digging up information on the Cuban Tree frog.  What I found was pretty amazing!  

For those of you non native Floridians let me give you the lowdown on what I learned…

Its an invasive species that actually eats native Florida frogs

It multiplies like crazy as according to Wikipedia a full clutch of frog eggs is on average 3,961. Those eggs hatch in under 30 hours and develop in one full month

The Cuban Tree frog breeding season is from May to October

They love the warmth of shingles so they naturally end up on roofs

On your roof they get hot hanging out on the shingles and seek our coolness/shade in your roof  vent pipes since plastic is a poor conductor of heat.  This is their access point to your toilet. Living proof, just search YouTube for “frog in roof vent” http:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpze8KsZHzc


Okay so all of you Floridians may be saying yeah yeah  yeah…...tell us something we don’t know!


Okay how about this,  I have a lot of weather data that says this year could be a record year for frogs in Florida!


You see weather effects when frogs breed, how many of their eggs are able to hatch and how much moisture is around for those tadpoles to survive.  Here is how I came to the conclusion that 2017 is the year of a frog invasion…..


2017 has been the HOTTEST year on record for Florida when looking at January to April data:

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