Saturday, November 24, 2007

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

The scientific name for the red eyed tree frog is Agalychnis callidryas. These iconic rain-forest amphibians sleep by day stuck to leaf-bottoms with their eyes closed and body markings covered. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes and reveal their huge, webbed orange feet and bright blue-and-yellow flanks. This technique, called startle coloration, may give a bird or snake pause, offering a precious instant for the frog to spring to safety.They are found in tropical lowlands from southern Mexico, throughout Central America, and in northern South America.They eat crickets, flies, and moths with their long, sticky tongues.

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