Tree_Frogs

Tree Frogs
Tree frogs, or Leaf frogs–the family Hylidae, represent a large family of more than 800 species worldwide. Costa Rica’s 43 species of tree frogs accounts for one third of the republic’s frogs.

Their tree and leaf-climbing adaptations include large adhesive toe pads, long limbs, binocular vision, and impressive jumping ability. Some species spend their entire lives in the canopy. Others visit ponds and streams to breed, while some are found predominently on the forest floor. The most famous hylid in Costa Rica is no doubt the Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) –see image on home page.

 

 

Tree frogs such as the (Smilisca baudinii) pictured above have wide, suction cup-like toe pads which aid them in climbling and holding on to leaf and limb surfaces (they do pretty well on glass as well). (Smilisca baudinii) has one of my all time favorite calls, a loud rapid series of deep honks.The quality of the sound has is like the honking from a clown’s horn.

Links: Tree Frogs

http://www.amphibiaweb.org/lists/Hylidae.shtml
http://www.tolweb.org/Hylidae
http://www.livingunderworld.org/anura/database/hylidae/
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Hylidae.html

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