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Red-Eyed Tree Frogs

Classification
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Genus: Agalychnis
  • Species: callidryas
Fun Fact

Red-eyed tree frogs change color depending on their mood. 

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About Red-Eyed Tree Frogs

Like other frogs, red-eyed tree frogs hatch from eggs as tadpoles. By the time they mature, the frogs will turn bright green with blue and yellow sides, orange feet and striking red eyes.

With their suction cup toes, these nocturnal frogs cling to branches and leaves high in the treetops during the day and hunt for food at night. Their green bodies provide camouflage, but if they are spotted by a predator, the frogs will flash their bright red eyes to temporarily confuse the hunter and make a quick escape.

Red-Eyed Tree Frogs in the Wild

Habitat

Red-eyed tree frogs inhabit humid rainforests, particularly near water sources. They are found in the canopy layer of the rainforest, which can be 100 feet above the ground.

Location

Red-eyed tree frogs are found in the tropical regions of southern Mexico, Central America, and northern Columbia.

Diet

Red-eyed tree frogs are carnivores and will eat crickets, flies, grasshoppers, moths and even small frogs on occasion. Tadpoles, juvenile frogs, mainly eat fruit flies and pinhead crickets.

Population Status

Although their population is decreasing, their status is still considered least concern.