Arabian tree frog

A tiny amphibian that brings a touch of charm to the Arabian Peninsula

Václav Gvoždík

This species stands out prominently among its relatives due to its striking appearance. With its vibrant emerald green skin adorned with captivating golden markings, the Arabian tree frog is indeed a true gem in the animal kingdom. Measuring around 3-4 cm (1-2 inches) in length, this diminutive frog elegantly leaps through the oasis, seamlessly blending with the lush greenery of its habitat.

But what truly sets the Arabian tree frog apart is its unique adaptation to the challenging desert climate of the Arabian Peninsula. In contrast to the typical preference of frogs for damp environments, this special species has evolved specialized skin glands that allow it to retain moisture, enabling it to survive in arid regions. These unique adaptations are crucial to its survival in environments where water sources are scarce, making it a true desert amphibian.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Arabian tree frog’s behavior is its arboreal lifestyle. It spends the majority of its life high up in trees, where it finds both shelter and a bountiful supply of food. This arboreal behavior not only provides protection from potential predators but also allows the frog to access its preferred diet of arthropods, such as insects and spiders, which are abundant in the tree canopies.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Israel
2022
Jordan
2022
Lebanon
2022
Saudi Arabia
2022
Syria
2022
Yemen
2022

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No