Big-eyed tree frog

Most striking feature—its skin coloration which mimic the mottled light patterns created by sunlight filtering through leaves

Loïc Denès

This frog is notable for its striking appearance. It typically features a green base color interspersed with brown or dark green patches that resemble vermiculations or wavy lines, which provide effective camouflage among the leaves and branches of its forest habitat. This frog is medium-sized, generally reaching lengths of about 2 to 3 inches. Its eyes are large and protruding with vertical pupils, enhancing its vision in dim light, which is essential for its nocturnal lifestyle. They can be found in the dense, humid environments of the rainforests of Tanzania and some parts of Kenya. It thrives in regions abundant in rivers and wetlands, which are crucial for its reproductive cycle. The dense canopy of the rainforest offers not only protection from predators but also a rich hunting ground for the frog to catch its prey.

The big-eyed tree frog is nocturnal, spending its days hidden among leaves and coming out at night to feed. Its diet primarily consists of insects and other small invertebrates. This predatory behavior plays a vital role in controlling the insect population, thereby maintaining the ecological balance of its habitat. The frog’s ability to change color slightly, depending on the temperature and humidity, helps it adapt to varying environmental conditions, providing an added advantage for survival.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Kenya
2012
Tanzania
2012

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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