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Hourglass Treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus)

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photo by Adam G. Clause

least concern
Common Name: Hourglass Treefrog
Scientific Name: Dendropsophus ebraccatus
Family: Hylidae – Tree Frog Family
Locations: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama
Size: .9 – 1 inch (23 – 26.75 mm)

The Hourglass Frog is a arboreal species of frog, but they come down to the ground to breed. The breeding season is during the wet season, generally from May to November. The males of the species call vegetation hanging over the ponds made during the wet season rains. There are several different calls that the males make. They perform advertising calls for the female frogs while also performing aggressive and defensive calls at other males nearby. The frog is interesting in the fact that the females are able to lay the eggs in the water or up in the trees. The female chooses which habitat would be best for the eggs to survive in due to risks from predators.

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