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Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog

Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog

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Red-eyed Monkey Tree Frog
Agalychnis callidryas

 

Scientists believe the Red-eyed Tree Frog developed its vivid scarlet peepers to shock predators into, at least briefly, questioning their meal choice.  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.

Fun Facts:  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 colors of this frog may over-stimulate a predator's eyes, creating a confusing ghost image that remains behind as the frog jumps away.

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