Frog of the Week

Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis calidryas)

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Common Name: Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Red-Eyed Leaf Frog
Scientific Name: Agalychnis callidryas
Family: Hylidae
Location: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama
Size: 3 inches (77 mm) for females and 2.3 inches  (59 mm) for males

Red-Eyed Tree Frogs are a species of true tree frogs that are found from Mexico down to the top of South America. They are a nocturnal species, they sleep on the underside of leaves during the day and are active at during the night. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog tucks it’s legs under it’s body to try to hide the blue color so that the frog blends more into the leaves. If the frog is found by a predator, the frog stares at them with their bright red eyes. Sometimes, this can scare them off. They mainly eat insects such as moths, crickets, etc. For breeding, the females lay their around 40 eggs on leaves and cover them in a jelly-like substance. The eggs are kinda cool in that they can hatch when threatened by predators.



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