- Flat, elongated body with pointed snout.
- Lack of webbing between the toes.
- Brown dorsally, with reddish tones.
- White belly.
- Reddish eyes.
- Two pattern classes:
- Striped, with longitudinal light-colored stripes.
- Mottled, with dark and light irregular markings.
Adult Eleutherodactylus planirostris grow to 1.5-3 cm (0.5-1.2 in) total length.
Native to Cuba, but introduced to many islands around the Caribbean as well as the United States (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas), and Mexico.
Primarily nocturnal, the greenhouse frog seeks shelter under vegetation during the day. Essentially any refuge providing a moist microclimate is suitable for this species: greenhouses, dumps, trash piles, and animal burrows. This terrestrial species feeds on ants, beetles, roaches and other small invertebrates.
Breeds May through September during rainy season. Lay eggs under vegetation or debris. Development (tadpole to froglet) takes place entirely within the egg.
In its native habitat, the greenhouse frog lives in moist valleys and along small streams.
The greenhouse frog is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license.
In Texas, this species has been introduced to Galveston Island.