2 Red-Eyed Tree Frogs are amphibians (animals that spend part of their lives under water and the remainder on land). These little frogs live in lowland tropical rainforests in Central America and northern South America. Red-Eyed Tree Frogs arenocturnal(most active atnight); theyrest on theundersides oflarge leavesduring the day.
3 Anatomy: Red-Eyed Tree Frogs are named for their large, bulging, red eyes. These bright eyes may serve to startle predators. The body is bright green and the sides are blue with pale yellow stripes.The feet are red/orange; the upper legsare blue. They have long, powerfuljumping legs, suction cups on the toes,and a very short backbone. Females(about 3 inches long) are larger thanmales (about 2 inches long).Life cycle: Red-eyed tree frogs spendtheir lives near water (usuallyrivers) because they must return tothe water to lay their eggs. Adultmales make a loud croaking sound toestablish their territory and toattract females. Female Red-Eyed Tree Frogslay eggs on the undersides of leaves (that areright above the water); the male fertilizes the eggs as they are deposited. When the eggs hatch into tiny brown tadpoles, they fall into the water below. The tadpoles breathe with gills and swim with a tail. As they mature, they lose their tail, develop lungs (for breathing air), and become brightly colored.
4 Diet: The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is a meat-eater (carnivore) Diet: The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is a meat-eater (carnivore). It eats mostly insects, catching them with its long, sticky tongue. It also eats other small invertebrates and sometimes will even other eat small frogs.Enemies: Some bats, snakes, and birds eat the Red-Eyed Tree Frog.Classification: KingdomAnimalia (animals),Phylum Chordata,Class Amphibia(amphibians), Order:Anura (Frogs and toads),Family Hylidae, GenusAgalychnis, Species A.callidryas.
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