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Location and Habitat
Red-eyed tree frogs can be found in the southern Mexico and Central America regions, including but not limited to Costa
Rica, Honduras, Panama, and northern South America.
Red-eyed tree frogs are carnivorous. Their diet consists of a wide variety of insects, which they catch with their long and sticky tongues. They also sometimes eat other small vertebrates, including other frogs.
Size and Description
Red-eyed tree frogs will grow to be 2 - 4 centimeters in length. While the majority of their body is a bright shade of
green, these frogs are well known for their bulging red eyes, beautiful blue streaks and large orange toes.
A red-eyed tree frog’s most notable adaptation is its beautiful coloration. These frogs are nocturnal and will spend most
of their days camouflaged on the underside of a leaf. While sleeping, the frog will hide its bright colors by closing its
eyes and tucking its feet beneath its body. If startled by a predator, the sudden appearance of these colors may confuse or
disinterest the predator. Like many tree frogs, red-eyed tree frogs have suction cups on their toes that enable it to climb
trees and on leaves.
Red-eyed tree frogs will lay clutches of eggs on the underside of leaves that are standing above a water source. Mating is often a highly competitive event for the males. Sometimes more than one male will cling to a single female while she searches for a suitable place to lay her eggs. Then the males attempt to fertilize the eggs. When the eggs hatch approximately five days later, the fluid that was inside the eggs helps to wash the tadpoles down into the water. Tadpoles mature rapidly and are ready to leave the water in a day or two.
Red-eyed tree frogs are popular pets. Although they are not considered endangered at this time, they have been trapped extensively for sale in the pet trade. They also face a loss of habitat due to deforestation in their native areas.
|Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Order: Family: Genus: Species:||Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hylidae Agalychnis calidryas|