November 30, 2020
- as seen by -Julie Larsen Maher
Looking for a place to lounge, this red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) uses its tangerine-colored toes to stick to the slippery surface of a bromeliad bloom. The plant provides the perfect protection for the frog. The two are color coordinated both day and night. When the frog rests, it closes its bright red eyes, covers its color, and attaches to the back side of a leaf in disguise.
Red-eyed tree frogs are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but their numbers are decreasing in the wild due to threats including habitat changes, pet trade, and disease.
Visit this frog and others in living color at WCS Bronx Zoo’s World of Reptiles. One of the newly renovated exhibits displays Central and South American species of amphibians includes dyeing poison frogs, green and black poison frogs, bumblebee poison frogs, blessed poison frogs, and Amazonian milk frogs.