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Tree Frog Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Alexandra Owens

Alexandra has taught middle school science and has a master's degree in Math and Science Education.

Have you ever seen a picture of a little green frog with big, red eyes? This is a type of tree frog that lives in the rainforest! Learn more about other types of tree frogs, what they look like, where they live, and what they eat in this lesson.

What Is a Tree Frog?

Imagine that you are walking through the rainforest. There are so many things to look at that you decide to stop for a moment and look more closely at your surroundings. Suddenly, you see movement on a tree! The movement is green, but you see a red eye through the leaves before it jumps out of sight. You've just seen a tree frog!

Tree frogs are small amphibians that have a claw-shaped toe on their feet and sticky toe pads. Both of these things make it easier for the tree frog to climb. There are more than 800 different kinds of tree frogs and they come in all sorts of colors and sizes.

In the United States, tree frogs are usually green, brown, or gray.
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Most tree frogs in the United States are green, brown, or gray. Yet in tropical rainforests, like the Amazon, they may come in bright colors such as orange, yellow, and even blue! They usually do a great job of blending in with the environment using camouflage. Some species are even able to change color like chameleons to assist in disappearing from predators.

Most tree frogs are less than 5 inches long and could fit in the palm of your hand. The smallest tree frog is less than an inch long!

Diet and Habitat of the Tree Frog

Tree frogs can be found all over the world, except for Antarctica. The majority of the species live in Central and South America, where they make their home in the rainforest. A lot of these frogs live in trees and are great jumpers!

Even though the word 'tree' is in their name, not all tree frogs live in trees. Some species make their homes in a pond or near other wet ground.

Tree frogs that live in the tropical rainforest often come in bright colors like this one!
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