Red-eyed tree frog

Red-eyed tree frog Introduction

The Red-eyed tree frog is a species of arboreal frog found mainly in south America. Unlike their somewhat dumpy terrestrial counterparts, these frogs generally have bright colours that make them a favourite zoo exhibit. Their distinctive calls often make them heard. Although these frogs live mostly in tropical climates, some species live in more temperate areas and hibernate during the winter.

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. Their neon-green bodies may play a similar role in thwarting predators. Many of the animals that eat Red-eyed tree frogs are nocturnal hunters that use keen eyesight to find prey. The shocking colours of this frog may over-stimulate a predator’s eyes, creating a confusing ghost image that remains behind as the frog jumps away.

Keywords to learn

Arboreal: Living in trees

Iconic species: Animals or plants which are important to cultural identity as shown by their involvement in traditional activities such as local ethnic or religious practices and/or which are locally or more broadly recognized for their existence and aesthetic values

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Key Data

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  • Lifespan:
    5 years.
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  • Scientific Name:
    Agalychnis callidryas.
  • Mass:
  • Length:
    1.5 to 2.75 inches.
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  • Population Status:
    Least concern.
  • Current population trend:
  • Diet:
  • Sexual maturity:


The Red-eyed tree frog is a very beautiful little creature. Its sunning little red eyes makes them vulnerable as prey, however they also have a camouflage that protects them.   


Now that you know more about the Red-eyed tree frog by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.


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Red-eyed tree frog Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Many scientists believe the Red-eyed tree frog developed its vivid scarlet peepers to shock predators into at least briefly questioning their meal choice.
  • # 2. Red-eyed tree frogs, despite their conspicuous coloration, are not venomous.
  • # 3. In Europe, Red-eyed tree frogs were historically seen as barometers because they would respond to approaching rain by barking.
  • # 4. Red-eyed tree frogs are not endangered. But their habitat is shrinking at an alarming rate, and their highly recognizable image is often used to promote the cause of saving the world’s rain forests.
  • # 5. Red-eyed tree frogs have an additional eyelid that veils their eyes. They also blink when swallowing to force down their prey.

Q&A Corner

# 1. Why do Red-Eyed tree frogs have red eyes?


# 2. What is the average lifespan of the Red-eyed tree frog?


# 3. Where is the native habitat of the Red-eyed tree frog?


# 4. What is the diet of the Red-eyed tree frog?


# 5. What was the Red-eyed tree frog used for in Europe?


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