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Frogs

COMMON NAME:
Red-Eyed Tree Frog

SPECIES NAME:
Agalychnis callidryas

SIZE:
1.5 - 2.75 inches

ON EXHIBIT:
KidZone - Zone C

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

During Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, guests can come face to face with the exotic and iconic red-eyed tree frog, native to tropical rainforests of Central America.

As its name suggests, the red-eyed tree frog has red eyes and three eyelids, along with a brilliantly green body with yellow and blue vertically striped sides. The skin on the red-eyed tree frog's stomach is soft and fragile skin, whereas the back is thicker and rougher. As an arboreal animal, this tiny frog likes to spend most of its time in trees and their bodies have adapted to this – complete with sticky pads on its toes, and are known as excellent jumpers. During the day, the nocturnal red-eyed tree frog lays low, with its legs tucked in and eyes shut, making it practically invisible.

FUN FACT:
Fancy Flashers - These rainforest tree dwellers are not poisonous, but they flash their bulging red eyes, huge orange feet and blue-and-yellow flanks when disturbed, tricking predators into thinking they are toxic. It is nocturnal, spending the day on a green leaf with its legs tucked in and eyes shut, making it practically invisible.