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Wrapped and sprayed, plants await export in the Hilo port after inspections by the Department of Agriculture and other port inspectors. Nursery workers must inspect plants for eggs which might hatch and spread the migration of the Cogui frog. War is waged on the Coqui frog because its numbers are exploding--and it has no predators. <br />
The Coqui--much revered in its native Puerto Rico--was first imported on plant material. The Coqui is as large as a quarter and has a chirpy little call that is the decibel level of a lawnmower. <br />
Lawsuits now force homeowners to disclose the fact they have frogs because Hawaiians are so upset by the noise. Residents in some areas coat the jungle in their backyards with hydrated lime hoping to curb the numbers.
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