Red-Eyed Tree Frog Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many kinds of frogs found all over the world, and the red-eyed tree frog is one of them. Come learn about this colorful frog, why it looks the way it does, where it lives and some other cool facts about it.

What is a Red-Eyed Tree Frog?

You are walking through a hot, humid rainforest and you can hear insects, birds and animals all around you. Using binoculars, you look up into the lush green tree canopy you see a green lump under a leaf that looks like it might be a frog. Suddenly, it opens its eyes, which are bright red! You are so surprised that you blink and then look back through the binoculars, but it's gone. You just saw a red-eyed tree frog!

A red-eyed tree frog is a small frog that lives in rainforests and has a bright green body, orange feet, blue striped sides and huge, red eyes. Although it is very colorful, it is not venomous.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Like all frogs, red-eyed tree frogs are amphibians, which means they are cold-blooded, hatch from eggs and start out living in the water, but live on land as adults.

Most kinds of frogs lay their eggs in water, but not the mother red-eyed tree frog. She lays her eggs on the bottom of a leaf that hangs over water. When the eggs hatch, the liquid in the eggs acts like a waterslide and carries all the tadpoles into that water. The tadpoles will live there until they get bigger and become froglets. They will then climb into the trees, where they will live, and eventually develop their bright colors.

Colorful Camouflage

You might think a red-eyed tree frog's bright colors would make it easier for an enemy to see, but those colors are actually what help protect it from becoming a snack.

Sleeping Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Sleeping Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Red-eyed tree frogs are most active at night and rest during the day. Their green bodies help them blend in with the leaves where they sleep, and their eyelids are green, too, so enemies can't see their huge red eyes when they are closed. If an enemy does try to eat them during a mid-day snooze, their bulging red eyes quickly open and surprise the would-be frog muncher, giving them time to jump away.

Like you, red-eyed tree frogs have different moods, and sometimes their bright colors change because of their mood, like a mood ring. Their normal bright green and blue body sometimes turns a dark green or brownish color.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog that Changed Color
Red-Eyed Tree Frog that Changed Color

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