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Red-eyed tree frog

Agalychnis callidryas

Tree frog

During the day, red-eyed tree frogs mostly sleep, keeping their eyes closed to help camouflage themselves. If disturbed, a frog will abruptly reveal his red eyes, startling potential predators. This often gives the frog just enough time to jump away to safety. Red-eyed tree frogs have very strong suction cup toe pads that make them agile climbers. 

Diet
Tree frogs are omnivores. They eat insects and other invertebrates but will also eat plants and even small mammals.

Size
Its body length can be up to 7cm. It can weigh 2-17g.

Location
They prefer lowland rainforest areas close to rivers and hills. Found in Central and South America.

Conservation status
It is protected by many parks throughout its range. It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Threats
This species is threatened by habitat loss by the destruction of natural forests although it is known to survive in places with a degree of anthropogenic alteration. It is also recorded within the pet trade. 

Current population
Unknown

Zoo population
Unknown

Keys to acronyms

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

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