Red-Eyed Tree Frog

AnimalRed-Eyed Tree Frog
Scientific NameAgalychnis callidryas
TypeAmphibians
DietCarnivore
Lifespan5 years
Size3.8 – 6.9 cm
Weight6 – 15 grams
PhylumChordata
Conservation statusLeast concern > Near threatened >
Vulnerable > Endangered >
Critically endangered > Extinct in the wild >
Extinct
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The red-eyed tree frog is named for its large red eyes with slim pupils. They have neon green skin, with stripes at the sides colored blue and yellow. Their sticky toes allow them to climb up trees with ease. Unlike other frogs, these aren’t poisonous or venomous.

These frogs spend most of their lives up in trees. They are very good at jumping; they could launch themselves over twenty centimeters. The frogs simply just sit still with their eyes closed for most of the day, camouflaging into the green.

Habitat And Diet

The red-eyed tree frog can be found throughout South America, Main North America, and Mexico in tropical areas and lowland rainforests. Generally, their habitat is close to ponds, rivers, and streams.

This frog species is carnivorous. The majority of its diet consists of bugs such as grasshoppers, crickets, flies, and moths, which they catch with their tongues. Occasionally, they eat tinier frogs. Using their jumping skills, the frogs can escape their predators which include some birds, tarantulas, and alligators. Habitat loss caused by humans is also a problem.

Eyes

These frogs actually have three eyelids: one at the bottom and top, and another one that is partly transparent. The partly transparent eyelid called the nictitating membrane covers and disguises the eye, while still allowing the frog to see through it.

The locations of they eye allow the frog to have an almost 360 vision. When feeling threatened, they open their eyes widely to scare off the predators.

Mating

Red-eyed tree frogs’ mating behavior is random. October to March is mating season. To attract a female, a male would let out a loud croaking noise. Multiple males get into a fight over a female, and the winner mates with her.

The male will hang onto the female’s back as they both hang at a leaf’s bottom. The female lays the eggs and the male fertilizes them. A few days pass and the eggs hatch into tadpoles, which go into the water and begin the life cycle.

Lifecycle

After hatching from an egg, the frog goes into the water as a tadpole, which looks similar to a fish. Eventually, the tadpole begins growing arms, legs, and lungs, turning into a young frog. Two to four years go by and the frog grows into an adult, losing its tail.

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