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Crews catch 3 coqui frogs on Oahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:42 p.m. HST, Apr 03, 2014

Two Hawaii Department of Agriculture crews captured three coqui frogs Wednesday night in separate areas of Oahu. One coqui frog was found on a boat at a residence in Kahaluu and the others at nurseries in Kaimuki and Kunia. 

All three incidents were reported on Monday and Tuesday of this week by neighbors of those properties who reported hearing the coqui frog's distinct two-tone mating call. 

In a news release issued by the department, Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, said: "Our staff on Oahu have been diligent in following up on calls from the public and have been able to eradicate coqui frogs on this island."

It's suspected that the frogs found at the nurseries hitchhiked from Hawaii island on plant material. The Kahaluu capture involved possible movement aboard a boat that was shipped from Hawaii island.

State investigators seized two dozen frogs from a Manoa home last Thursday, including four poison dart frogs that were sent to Hawaii through the U.S. mail, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Suspected invasive species should be reported to the state's toll-free PEST HOTLINE - 643-PEST (7378).

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bigislandkurt wrote:
If you caught three. There are three thousand more. Let the panic begin on Oahu. Big Island pau hana already. Coqui's firmly established.
on April 3,2014 | 03:50PM
DiverDave wrote:
Correct kurt. They are the smartest little illegal entrants in the country. They do not need a pond or stream in order to conduct their tadpole stage. The entire tadpole stage occurs in the egg capsule. So, when they hatch they are tiny little frogs. They lay their eggs on any semi- wet area like the back of a leaf. They are hard to detect, and spraying a plant for live already hatched coquis may not kill the unhatched eggs. The good news is they shut up in the day time, (and I could never get my kids to shut up in the day time). Plus, they eat bugs, live in the same places mosquitos do, and eat them. They have been very helpful to reduce the mosquito population on the Big Island. Their croaking at night is the males competing. As the night goes on the King Coqui frog adds notes to the standard 2 note call. If you get up at around 4 in the morning you will hear them making a four or five note call. Try mimicking the current call and add one note to it. Be patient and continue the current notes plus your added note. After about 20 minutes the frogs will mimic your call or shut up and that means you are the King Coqui frog!
on April 3,2014 | 04:54PM
808comp wrote:
Right. Have one in my neighbors yard but you don't hear it every night,but his there.After awhile its like the traffic,you know its there but you get use to it.There's another kind of frog just about the size of a coqui but its not. Forgot what the name of that one is.Saw pictures of both frogs together and i think the difference was the legs.( not sure since its been quite awhile ago) Good luck Oahu !
on April 4,2014 | 01:10AM
kamau wrote:
mahalo to those who called, better to do something than nothing.
on April 3,2014 | 04:00PM
Oahuan wrote:
I caught three coqui frogs looking exactly like the one shown and sent a picture to the State and each time I was told that it was not a coqui. I'm sure it is. They grow no bigger than a quarter. Like usual, the State is dropping the ball once again.
on April 3,2014 | 04:03PM
Oahuan wrote:
And I caught them at my house in Hawaii Kai
on April 3,2014 | 04:04PM
kazumia wrote:
You guys must be joking. Duh....the 3 you caught are the males. Anyway the next time you hear them they are going to tell you to spray citric acid or lime. Well I hate to tell you but it does not work. I'm going to archive this article so I can have a good laugh 10 years from now.
on April 3,2014 | 05:08PM
DiverDave wrote:
Yes kazumia, because they have the croaking contest, not the females. They find them when they croak, er um co-qui(co kee).
on April 3,2014 | 05:45PM
lee1957 wrote:
Interesting that the nursery owners didn't hear anything and the neighbors had to call. Like my neighbors and their dogs, they don't hear a thing but everyone else does.
on April 3,2014 | 07:02PM
Hoppy wrote:
The nursery may have been closed when the frog started to make the noise, thus the owners didn't hear anything.
on April 3,2014 | 09:54PM
harley1 wrote:
this is news?
on April 3,2014 | 08:05PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Yes. Inportant news.
on April 3,2014 | 09:44PM
Hawaiiobserver wrote:
Knowing that the coquis are firmly established on the Big Island, the state should be proactive and not allow Big Island nurseries to send plants to Oahu. Or if they do, the state can check the plants via a system where the plants are quarantined overnight when the frogs do make their calls. Why take chances?
on April 3,2014 | 10:35PM
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