How Do Tree Frogs Move Around?

Walking, climbing, hopping and leaping are some ways that tree frogs move around. The uniting feature of tree frogs is the disc-shape of the last bone in their toes, which enables their unique methods of movement. Their rounded toes give them better grip when moving up and around the trees.

Tree frogs’ feet have specially adapted to climbing and jumping in trees. Their uniquely shaped toes usually feature sticky pads consisting of minuscule hexagon-shaped nanopillars that help them stick to uneven and even slippery surfaces. For some tree frogs, such as the red-eyed tree frog, these pads function like suction cups and allow them to climb practically any surface easily.

Typically, tree frogs’ front and back legs are the same length to accommodate climbing, leaping and landing. Most tree frogs move swiftly, jump far and are capable of quite acrobatic movements. However, there are some tree frogs, such as the giant monkey frog, that walk along the branches instead of jumping.

Tree frogs exist in most parts of the world, and their manner of movement has evolved to fit their surroundings, which is why some move around differently compared to others. Most tree frogs are nocturnal, so they mostly move around at night.