Red-eyed Tree Frog

Photograph by Roy Niswanger, My Shot

The red-eyed tree frog is an icon of the Central American rain forest. When asleep, it's green color provides effective camouflage. When threatened, the red of suddenly-exposed eyes or legs may startle predators and enable an escape. Female frogs lay eggs on leaves overhanging water so that their tadpoles will fall into ponds. The tadpoles feed on insects in the water until they develop into frogs and take to the trees.