Red Eye Tree Frog – Agalychnis callidryas

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This the first and only (juvenile) Red Eye tree frog that I have ever found on my farm even though it is a well distributed tree frog throughout Belize.  Finding this tree frog in my coconut field was a major highlight for me.  Photos taken on December 17, 2021.

The red-eyed tree frog, scientifically known as Agalychnis callidryas, is a vibrant and iconic amphibian species found in Belize and other parts of Central America. Known for its striking appearance and nocturnal habits, the red-eyed tree frog has become a symbol of tropical rainforests and their diverse ecosystems.

Description: These frogs are relatively small, with adults typically ranging from 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) in length. Their most distinctive feature is their large, vibrant red eyes with vertically slit pupils, which provide excellent night vision. The body of the red-eyed tree frog is adorned with bright green coloration, and their limbs often display vibrant blue and yellow markings. This vivid coloration serves as a form of aposematism, warning potential predators of their toxic nature.

Habitat: Red-eyed tree frogs are primarily arboreal, meaning they spend most of their lives in trees and vegetation. They are commonly found in the lowland tropical rainforests of Belize, where the warm and humid climate provides an ideal environment for their survival.

Behavior: These frogs are nocturnal, meaning they are most active during the night. During the day, red-eyed tree frogs often rest on leaves or other vegetation, using their excellent camouflage to blend into their surroundings. Their nocturnal lifestyle helps them avoid predators and allows them to feed on a diet of small insects and other invertebrates.

Reproduction: Breeding for red-eyed tree frogs typically occurs during the rainy season. Males attract females with their distinctive calls, which sound like a series of high-pitched, rhythmic peeps. After mating, females lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves overhanging water. Once the eggs hatch, tadpoles drop into the water below, where they develop into froglets before venturing onto land.

Conservation Status: Red-eyed tree frogs are not currently listed as a threatened species. However, like many amphibians, they face challenges such as habitat loss, pollution, and the potential impacts of climate change. Conservation efforts in Belize focus on preserving the diverse rainforest ecosystems that these frogs inhabit.

Observing red-eyed tree frogs in their natural habitat in Belize is a popular activity for eco-tourists and nature enthusiasts. Their vibrant colors, unique behaviors, and role in maintaining the balance of rainforest ecosystems make them a captivating species within the rich biodiversity of Belize.

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