Red-eyed Tree Frog


This is a red-eyed tree frog. They’re small, never growing larger than 2.75" in length. However, what they lack in size they make up for in flamboyancy. Yes, they have prominent red eyes, but they also sport bright orange webbed feet and a neon-green body emblazoned with blue and yellow shapes. These nocturnal creatures sleep under leaves during the day, cleverly hiding all of their colourful parts so as to remain camouflaged. If disturbed, they bulge out their red eyes and shock their prey with a sudden burst of razzle-dazzle as they jump to safety. This defence mechanism is known as “startle coloration” and it gives them precious seconds to escape while a temporarily blur of colour stuns their attacker.

Native to rainforests in Central and South American, red-eyed tree frogs have a life expectancy of around five years. They’re becoming popular in North America, because they make good pets. Just be careful not to surprise them.


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