What Is a Red-Eyed Tree Frog's Habitat?


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Red-eyed tree frogs inhabit tropical rain forests throughout northern Colombia, Central America and southern Mexico. The habitats that appeal most to these amphibians are low-lying moist areas in close proximity to rivers and streams.

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Red-eyed tree frogs have red eyes, a bright green body and blue sides with yellow stripes. Adult red-eyed tree frogs have the capacity to transform their body color temporarily to dark green or reddish-brown to enable them to blend in with their surroundings and evade predators. These frogs have large toe pads that enable them to attach themselves to smooth surfaces such as leaves. During the day, red-eyed tree frogs often spend their time resting while attached to the undersides of leaves. At night, these frogs hunt flies, moths, crickets, grasshoppers and other insects.

The breeding rituals of red-eyed tree frogs are quite unique. All the males come together on overhanging tree branches near water and collectively croak until the females climb down from the treetops. The frogs then mate in the water. After mating, the female climbs back into her tree to lay her eggs on the undersides of leaves. After the eggs are laid, the male climbs the tree to fertilize them, completing the process of reproduction.

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