Red-Eyed Tree Frog - Svetlana Romaško
Red-Eyed Tree Frog
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The specific name of the red-eyed tree frog, A. callidryas, comes from Greek words kallos (beautiful) and dryas (a tree or wood nymph)
Red-eyed tree frogs have sticky pads on their toes. Phyllomedusine tree frogs are arboreal, meaning they spend a majority of their lives in trees; they are excellent jumpers. Red-eyed tree frogs are not poisonous and rely on camouflage to protect themselves. During the day, they remain motionless, cover their blue sides with their back legs, tuck their bright feet under their bellies, and shut their red eyes. When a red-eyed tree frog detects an approaching predator, it abruptly opens its eyes and stares at the predator. The sudden appearance of the red eyes may startle the predator, giving the frog a chance to flee.