As a child, I can remember the wonderment and joy I felt when I came across a small tree frog in the garden. This fascination with tree frogs has continued into adulthood. However it has been many years since I have experienced the joy of discovering a small tree frog in my own garden. It is said that frogs are the barometer of our planet’s health, so it is important to protect and maintain their future existence.
Therefore I often paint Tree Frogs as a reminder to us that we must do what we can to protect our endangered species by reducing our use of pesticides, stopping the clearing of wildlife habit and taking action to preserve their fragile environment.
So I thought I would give you all a little information about these most beautiful little creatures.
Red Eyed Tree Frogs are bright green in colour on their back with a yellow coloured, granular underside. In adults the back of the thighs may be purple/black in colour and the inner part of their hands and the top of their front legs are yellow.
They have large finger and toe pads with their fingers being three quarter webbed and their toes being almost fully webbed. They have horizontal pupils and the iris is golden near the pupil but becomes red towards the outside of the eye.
In rare cases they may have randomly placed yellow spots on their back. Their call is several long moaning “Aaa-rk” followed by soft trills.
Red Eyed Tree Frogs inhabit the wet sclerophyll forests, rainforests and grasslands of eastern Australia.
Red Eyed Tree Frogs feed upon insects.
Breeding occurs after rain during spring and summer in temporary ponds, ditches and streams. Males call to attract females and eggs are laid in small clusters attached to twigs and stems.
Red Eyed Tree Frogs are also known as:
Red Eyed Green Tree Frog
Orange Eyed Tree Frog
Red Eyed Tree Frog is a common name for two types of frog. This one, Litoria chloris, is found in Australia and Agalychnis callidryas is found in South America.
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