Savignys treefrog

Also known as the Lemon-yellow tree frog, the Middle East tree frog

Guy Haimovitch

This frog is known for its distinct lemony and lime-like coloration, which can range from a vibrant yellowish hue to a soft, light green. However, it’s important to note that the coloration of these frogs can vary depending on environmental factors such as external temperature and the color of the substrate in their habitat. Some individuals may even exhibit brown or straw-colored variations.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Savigny’s treefrog is its remarkable adaptability to survive in harsh, arid environments. Unlike many amphibians, this species thrives in places characterized by high temperatures and low humidity levels. During the scorching daylight hours, these frogs seek refuge in concealed spots, emerging from their hiding places only when the sun sets. This nocturnal behavior helps them avoid desiccation and predation while making the most of the cooler nighttime conditions.

The diet of Savigny’s treefrog varies between different life stages. Adult frogs primarily feed on arthropods, including various insects found in their habitat. This diet provides them with the necessary nutrients to maintain their health and energy levels. On the other hand, tadpoles, the early life stage of these frogs, have a more herbivorous diet. They consume a combination of aquatic plants and small aquatic animals, such as tiny invertebrates. This dietary shift from herbivory to carnivory as they undergo metamorphosis is a common characteristic among many amphibian species.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Armenia
2008
Azerbaijan
2008
Cyprus
2008
Egypt
2008
Georgia
2008
Iran
2008
Iraq
2008
Israel
2008
Jordan
2008
Lebanon
2008
Saudi Arabia
2008
Syria
2008
Turkey
2008
Yemen
2008

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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