The tropical clawed frog, which is native to West Africa, have been found in the waters in Riverview and not just a few of them. There have been thousands of tadpoles and hundreds of frogs pulled out of over 20 bodies of water in the Riverview area.
The way to recognize the clawed frog is by the claws on its back feet, which are sharp. Researchers do not know how the species was introduced into the ecosystem. Jeff Hill, UF professor and extension specialist, said, “It has the potential to spread through central Florida, out to the east coast and into south Florida.”
A potentially invasive species of clawed frog now calls Tampa Bay home. https://t.co/i5cebdaZEr— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) April 28, 2021