Invasive frogs spotted in B.C.

An invasive frog species has been showing up in a community on Vancouver Island.

Metchosin, B.C., resident Kevin Cordingley told Black Press Media he recently came across a large dead American bullfrog on the road when he was driving. The frog species is native to eastern parts of Canada and the United States.

“I’ve never seen one like that before,” he said.

Cordingley contacted the municipality to let them know about the frog, which told him it was looking into the issue

He said the frog was 14 inches long with its legs stretched out. Cordingley said he had less wildlife in his backyard this year and was wondering if the presence of the bullfrogs might be the cause.

Biologists say the American bullfrog spreads particularly quickly and is listed as one of the 100 worst alien invasive species in the world.

The frogs have a large ecological footprint because they eat other organisms that are above and below the water. Female American bullfrogs can produce more than 20,000 eggs a year.

Biologists say the species was released in a pond in Metchosin years ago and its population has exploded since.