Sunday, February 25, 2007
Rana Catesbeiana, the American Bullfrog, is a voracious predator (believe it or not!) that will eat just about anything that it can fit in its mouth. These frogs are native to eastern North America. In the 1930s, the bullfrog was introduced to British Columbia to cultivate for their tasty legs. Since then, the frog has spread on Vancouver Island and reached mainland BC, outcompeting and displacing native frog populations and becoming an environmental concern. This is similar to other foreign species introductions, most notably the giant toad and european rabbit introductions in Australia. For a list of other detrimental species introductions, check this link out and be careful what you import!