Natalia Filippidi – January 2012 Rainforest fauna:Red Eye Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)
Size: 1.5 to 2.75 in (4 to 7 cm) Fast Facts Type: Amphibian Diet: Carnivore Average life span in the wild: 5years Group name: Army Also known as: Red-eyed leaf frog. Location: Southern Mexico, Central America including but not limited to Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama, and northern South America
Size and DescriptionRed-Eyed Tree Frogs will grow to be 2 cm (males) and 3 -4 cm (females) in length.It is well known for its bulging red eyes and beautiful blue streaks and orange toes. When the Tree Frog sleeps it hides its sharp colors, but if it runs from a predator the bright colors may confuse or disinterest the predator. Like many Tree Frogs, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog has suction cups on its toes that enable it to climb on trees and on leaves.
HabitatRed-Eyed Tree Frogs inhabit lowland rainforest areas near ponds, streams and rivers. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog will be found near water sources where its offspring, tadpoles, will need to survive.
Diet Red-Eyed Tree Frogs are carnivorous and eat mostly insects, including crickets. They will also feed on other smaller frogs.
ReproductionRed-Eyed Tree Frogs will lay clutches of eggs on the underside of leaves that are standing above a water source. When the eggs hatch the fluid that was inside the eggs assist in washing the tadpoles down into the water.