Red Eyed Tree Frog
The red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryasis) is one of the most well-known and popular of the frogs from the Amazon Rainforest.
With its red eyes, blue body and leg markings, orange suction cup feet, and green body, it is certainly one of the most colorful of the tree frogs.
Their suction cup feet enable them to climb and to cling to the forest branches and leaves.
Red eyed tree frogs are nocturnal animals and feed on insects, such as moths, flies, and crickets.
The red eyed tree frog is not poisonous or venomous, which is somewhat surprising since it has such bright colors and most brightly colored animals are poisonous or venomous. However, because this tree frog species is mostly green, it probably blends in with the green leaves of the rain forest much better than tree frogs of other colors that are poisonous.
Female red eyed tree frogs lay their eggs in leaves over water. When the eggs hatch (as tadpoles) they fall into the water where the tadpoles develop into frogs.
The red eyed tree frog is not on the threatened or endangered species list at this time.
Red eyed tree frogs are often kept and even bred in captivity. They are popular in the pet trade because of their bright coloration and also their not being venomous. However, it is always best to buy captive bred animal species rather than taking an animal from its natural environment.