Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Arboreal hylid native to tropical rainforests in Central America. By worldswildlifewonders | Shutterstock.com
Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Arboreal hylid native to tropical rainforests in Central America. By worldswildlifewonders | Shutterstock.com

About red-eyed tree frogs.

These frogs sleep during the day under leaves to stay hidden from predators.


They use their bright colors as a defense mechanism, as predators hesitate momentarily before attacking when they notice their startling eyes, and they take this opportunity to escape. The green of its skin is difficult for nocturnal predators to see.


Even though their bright coloring makes them look poisonous, they are not. Their skin has toxins, but no poisons.


Their predators are birds, bats and snakes.


When it is time to mate, males quiver on leaves. When a female approaches, they jump onto her back and stay there for hours as they fertilize the eggs.


Eggs are laid under leaves suspended above water. Upon hatching, tadpoles slide off the leaves and fall into the water.


With suction cups on their toes, these frogs are well adapted to climbing. This allows them to attach to flat surfaces like leaves with ease.


Red-eyed tree frogs have very good night vision.


The skin on the belly is thin and very soft, whereas the back is thick and rough to withstand the weather conditions.


The color of tadpoles can vary depending on mood or environmental conditions.


This kind of frog has three eyelids on each eye to protect them.


Even though they are not on the list of endangered species, these amphibians are threatened by climate change, the destruction of their habitat and their popularity as ‘pets’, due to their beautiful appearance.

A colorful Red-Eyed Tree Frog in its tropical setting. By Brandon Alms | Shutterstock.com
A colorful Red-Eyed Tree Frog in its tropical setting. By Brandon Alms | Shutterstock.com
COMMON NAMECONSERVATION STATUS
Red-eyed tree frogLeast Concern
SCIENTIFIC NAMESIZE
Agalychnis callidryas56-71 mm (2.2-2.8 in)
FAMILYWEIGHT
Hylidae6-15 g (0.2-0.5 oz)
ORDERLIFESPAN
Anura3-5 years
CLASSGESTATION PERIOD
Amphibia6-8 days
 POPULATION DIET
This species is common.They eat insects
HABITATRANGE
They live in tropical forests or rainforests, lowlands, almost always near bodies of water.Central America, from the South of Mexico to the Northwest of Colombia.

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