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The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is full of life, with sounds of all kinds, water rushing and falling, and animals communicating with one another. It’s a busy place where animals are looking for food, trying to survive, and looking to expand their families. Within the Amazon Rainforest in South America, exists a tiny animal, which is almost completely camouflaged from the rest of the animals…except for one small body part: bright red eyes!

This animal is the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, which lives deep in the tall trees within in the Amazon. Although they reside mostly in South America, they can also be found in Central America, and even in parts of Mexico.

On this adult frog, you will find bright colors all over its body! The main color is green, but you will also find a mix of yellow, orange, and/or blue. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog can actually change its color based on it’s feelings. Its color can change from green to reddish-brown color. On it’s toes are suction cups that help the tree frog attach itself to its environment. They give the Tree Frog traction to stay put on wet leaves. Their legs are built better for climbing than for swimming. They are almost never on the ground. They keep jumping around at a steady pace from tree to tree. Unlike most humans, the males are actually smaller than the females.

The females can be about three inches long, while the males reach only about two inches.

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is a carnivore. Similar to other frogs, the Tree Frog eats grasshoppers, moths, and other insects. It eats smaller frogs too! It is known to eat almost anything that can fit into it’s mouth!

Most people find it fascinating to know that the red-eye helps these frogs survive. In fact, the red-eyes scare other animals easily and help these frogs escape from their predators. With their greenish skin color, they tend to blend in with their surroundings. When they sleep, they are virtually invisible. However, if other animals see them and try to attack, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog will open its wide, red eyes and the predators, usually snakes, birds, or bats, will instantly run away. Or they will be confused for a moment, giving the Red-Eyed Tree Frog enough time to get away.

You might be wondering how this vivid, colorful frog can be camouflaged when its skin color contains yellow, orange, and blue. The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is mainly a darkish green skin color. It often stays on leaves that match its color. The other bright colors lie underneath on its belly. In addition, the Tree Frog has the ability to tuck in its orange toes.

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is an interesting animal, and even though it is fairly small, it has many different characteristics to hide itself from others. Its green body acts as camouflage and its red eyes scare off unwanted guests.

Its predators are extremely deadly, but this clever animal uses its powers to try to avoid its enemies.

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1) The Amazing Red-Eyed Tree Frog

2) The Animals of the Amazon Rainforest

3) Where to Find the Amazon Rainforest

4) The Endangered Amazon Rainforest

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