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Cute Coqui Frogs in Hawaii - Cute? Not!

Updated on June 28, 2014

Coqui frogs... can you HEAR them? Boy I'll say you can!

Coqui frogs ever hear of them? Well I sure have! They are taking over the Big Island of Hawaii. They are non-native Caribbean frogs. They cause both environmental problems, problems for people, as they are not native to Hawaii. Someone brought them in! In Hawaii coqui frogs pose a great threat to native species in Hawaii . Although the call of the coqui is often beloved by SOME residents, the extremely loud noise they make in Hawaii (much louder than in native habitats because of higher concentrations of populations) has been reported to be terribly annoying. They are a lot like crickets with a microphone.. and I am not kidding. It is astounding at first but then you do get used to it or move. The mating call of the male coqui is similar to a bird-like chirp or whistle, which starts at dusk and continues through the night. Not when it rains though. Females do not vocalize.. thank goodness!

People bring in different things, animals, plants, etc. to the Hawaiian Islands... why? They shouldn't! If YOU have ever contemplated bringing anything into Hawaii that is not native to the islands PLEASE DON"T! The eco balance is being destroyed by man introducing things that don't belong there. Hawaii had an eco system that worked as most places, but unfortunately man decides to change that.

Consider the introduction of the pig on Kauai. Pigs destroy the vegetation, digging holes, taking down foliage, destroying root systems of native trees and therefore native birds and insects no longer have the vegetation they need to survive. It destroys the eco system. It is a vicious cycle that cannot be changed back.

While Coqui frogs might be cute to some, and their chirp appealing even, they are not native and thus have done a lot of damage. They don't just eat mosquitoes, they eat native insects as well. They have no known enemy.

Why are Coqui frogs such a problem in Hawaii other than the deafening chirping?

According to the Hawaii Gov site,

~ Coqui do not have natural enemies in Hawai`i to keep the population in check. The warm tropical weather likely promotes breeding all year long.

~ In some areas, populations may exceed 10,000 frogs per acre, which consume more than 50,000 insects per night. As such, coqui may endanger native Hawaiian insect populations, including plant pollinators, and compete with Hawai`i's native birds.

~ The noise levels have been measured at up to 80-90 decibels, comparable to that produced by a lawnmower.

~ Coqui infested areas have caused restless nights for residents and visitors who are unable to sleep due to the noise produced by the shrieking frogs.

What happens if someone is caught with coqui? Any person or organization who intentionally transports, harbors or imports with the intent to propagate, sell, or release the coqui is in violation of State law and may be charged with a class C felony and subject to a minimum fine of $50,000 and maximum fine of $200,000, plus 3 years in prison.




IT'S NOT THAT EASY BEING GREEN.. can you sing it?

Kermit is CUTE and the song is of course darling.. but an infestation of Coqui Frogs is not.


A word from Kermit:

Greetings, Kermit the Frog here

And today I'd like to tell you a little bit about the color green

Do you know what's green

Well I am for one thing

You see frogs are green, and I'm a frog

And that means that I'm green, you see


It's not that easy being green

Having to spend each day the color of the leaves

When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold

Or something much more colorful like that

It's not easy being green

It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things

And people tend to pass you over

'Cause you're not standing out

Like flashy sparkles in the water

Or stars in the sky

But green's the color of spring

And green can be cool and friendly-like

And green can be big like a mountain

Or important like a river

Or tall like a tree

When green is all there is to be

It could make you wonder why

But why wonder why wonder

I am green, and it'll do fine

It's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be




There Is A Coqui Frog In My Freezer and a Lizard In my Tub!

There is a coqui in my freezer

and a lizard in my tub!

Yesterday the frog was living

and the Chameleon the color of deep rust.

Grown men go out and pursue them

the coqui night brigade is on.

Grown men pursue their manhood

with a flashlight on their head.

They all must be abolished

these frogs who croak all night.

Track them down, 'tis said

'til every last one of them is dead!

They say that where there is one

two more hide sneakily nearby.

It is like grown men have lost their senses

and have become backyard spies.

The Chameleon runs for cover

as my cat intrudes its space

A cats job is to pounce upon anything

invading this place.

None the less I rescued Mr. Chameleon

as he changed to lime green.

I told him never to come back

my tub was not his scene.

Don't take this rescue for granted

I still have freezer space

You could wind up without a tail

next to the coqui's place.

I am not a relentless hunter

like other humans I know

I draw this line between us

and ask you now to go.

My husband is outside now

I hear him in the bushes.

He still maintains its a man job

as I let him carry out his wishes.

In the morning once again

I will find berries for my smoothie

and there beside the plastic bag

another coqui in a jar, gloomy

Count your blessing Mr. Chameleon

Eat bugs and mosquitoes without delay

be glad you are not a coqui

as my husband would have to say.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2012


This is the sound of ONE single coqui frog... now times that with THOUSANDS and imagine watching TV at the same time. it it deafening. BUT you do get used to it... really!

Coqui Frogs... A PROBLEM to ALL?

Another side of the story.

I think it depends on how much they bother you.. They are LOUD, but yes you do get used to it.



Turn this up as loud as it will go (not really) and you will have some idea of what it is like on the Big Island, Hawaii.. Hilo Side.

Coqui Frogs HIDE

Coqui Frogs HIDE
Coqui Frogs HIDE

Coqui Frogs Play Hide & Seek too.

Coqui Frogs Play Hide & Seek too.
Coqui Frogs Play Hide & Seek too.

Coqui Frogs HIDE

Coqui Frogs HIDE
Coqui Frogs HIDE

If I could share anything in regards to Hawaii it would be that if you visit, leave it better than when you came. Don't bring in any foreign items: plants, animals, etc. Pick up your trash and maybe someone pick up some that you might see on one of Hawaii's beaches. The earth belongs to all of us and yet none of us.. it is up to us to care for it.

How Big Are Coqui Frogs?

How Big Are Coqui Frogs?
How Big Are Coqui Frogs?

Poll 1 of 3

Ever HEARD a Coqui Frog?

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Poll 2 of 3

Is the only good coqui a dead coqui?

See results

Poll 3 of 3

Did you turn on the UTube at the very top, "It's Not That Easy Being Green" and sing aong?

See results

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    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      5 years ago

      We have coqui in Puerto Rico and you hear them all night. Doesn't annoy me. I actually like it. You get used to it.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Frogs are fascinating animals. On one hand they are great indicator of environmental problems - if something is wrong with the environment, frogs will be in trouble among first species. On the other side they can cause environmental problems too, just like in this case, or in Australia (cane toads)... Both cases are of course connected with human frivolity...

      We are really our biggest enemies, right?

    • stick-man lm profile image

      stick-man lm 

      6 years ago

      Get Hawaiian restaurants to create a delicacy consisting of coqui frogs. The owners will have plenty of product and demand will cause the frog population to go down.

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      6 years ago

      Wow! I am crazy about frog stuff but I had never heard of these before! (I guess I now found one more reason to go to Hawaai! To check the miniature coqui frogs!)

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: It is not just about the noise~ Coqui do not have natural enemies in Hawai`i to keep the population in check. The warm tropical weather likely promotes breeding all year long. In some areas, populations may exceed 10,000 frogs per acre, which consume more than 50,000 insects per night. As such, coqui may endanger native Hawaiian insect populations, including plant pollinators, and compete with Hawai`i's native birds.

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      6 years ago

      I love my coquis. I live on the Big Island and just love em. They eat all my mosquitos and serenade me at night. To each his/her own!

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      poppy mercer 

      7 years ago from London

      Thank you for blessing my Snowdrop lens...that was so kind, and very much appreciated. How sweet and lovely these little beings are...although I don't have to live with them! When I'm in S. France, the green tree frogs are deafening, but only during the summer mating period. They keep you awake at night with what sounds like a wall of sound, but once you start listening carefully, you can pick out individuals...the ringleaders and cheerleaders who keep the chorus going whenever it starts to wind down, and the more timid chorus repliers who, once encouraged, start a frantic croaking that dies down until egged on makes me smile.

    • CruiseReady profile image


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Invasive species are not cute, and are NO laughing matter, as you so rightly point out. There is also the problem of invasive red lionfish in the waters around Florida and in the Caribbean, and, like the Coqui Frog, they are spreading because they don't have any predators in this hemisphere.

    • nickirc lm profile image

      nickirc lm 

      7 years ago

      How cute and scary, i had no idea!

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      7 years ago

      I love all animals.. Never justice from its look.. I do love only!! Another great work of you that I'm so proud and enjoy with ;) Have wonderful times.. always.. dear lady :D

    • ajgodinho profile image

      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is the first time I'm hearing about coqui frogs. When I saw the picture of the little froggie, it reminded me of when we used to be kids (in Goa) and play with little frogs when the first rains of the season set in. Learned something new today...thanks and stay blessed! :)

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      7 years ago

      Coqui is highly revered in some countries, that's odd. They are cute little frogs, green and all colors are, and they are small and their voices are too.

    • kathysart profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Helene-Malmsio: Yup I know what you mean.. frogs "can" be cute. As cute as these little guys look though the State of Hawaii is doing battle with them. My own experience is not even being able to hear the TV over them. It is pretty crazy.

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      7 years ago

      I love helping frogs, I have a little frog rock pond area in my garden that they like to visit.

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      coqui frogs must possess big lungs to croak that loud. p.s. pls look again in poll no. 3. squidangel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      Hello my little froggie ... "It's not easy being green ... It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things." But, you are anything but ordinary!


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