Animal world: Red eyed tree frog

Red eyed tree frog

General description:

Frog is an Amphibians are ectothermic,tetrapod vertebrates of the class Amphibia. Most species of frog living withing terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal or freshwater aquatic ecosystems.Red eyed tree frog is one of the frog species. Its scientific name is Agalychnis callidryas. It’s come from Greek words Kalos  means beautiful and dryas means a tree or wood nymph.

Habitat:

It is native to Neotropical rainforests. Red eyed tree frogs inhabit areas near rivers and ponds in rainforests and humid low lands on the Atlantic slopes from Southern Veracruz and northern Oaxaca in Mexico to central Panama and northern Colombia.

Physical structure:

Its family name is Hylidae.The Red eyed tree frof is commonly known as the “Monkey frog” for its jumping abilities. The Red eyed tree frog has green body with yellow and blue and red eyed. Its webbed feet and toes are orange or red. Its belly is soft and fragile, whereas the back is thicker and rougher. However, the color pattern is developed with age.

Red eyed tree frogs dieting types are insectivorous, eating crickets,mmoths ,flies,and other insects.

Reproduction:

Red eyed tree frog reproduction starts when rainfall is at its highest, than a Red eyed tree frog calls “Chack” to get attention of the female. The female carries the male on her back for several hours during the oviposition process. The female chooses a leaf above a pond or large puddle on which to lay her clutch of roughly 40 eggs. When the eggs are ready to hatch , than the tadpoles inside start swirling around vigorously. As a result the little tadpoles are releasing from eggs. All the tadpoles wash down the leaf in a little stream of moisture from the hatching eggs and “plop,plop,plop” they land in the pond below.

Red eyed tree frogs captive habitat should have a light cycle with 11-12 hours of daylight and an average day temperature of 26-28°c and night temperature of 22-35°c. Simulating a rainy season once a year in November to December encourages reproduction.

Red eyed tree frog species on the IUCN Red List include development, agriculture, forestry and pollution.

Red eyed tree frogs are known to live upto five years depending on the health and conditions of their habitat.

Scientific classification

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum : Chordata

Class :  Amphibia

Order : Anura

Family : Hylidae

Genus : Agalychnis

Species : A.callidryas

Reference

Wikipedia

IUCN Red list

National Geographic

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