Biodiversity & Evolution

Red-Eyed Tree Frog

I love photographing herps!  Especially the Red-Eyed Tree Frog of Central America.  This frog is so photogenic that it is difficult to take a bad picture of these spectacular animals!  These frogs are commonly represented as the face of conservation efforts to save the rainforest.  Many frogs (and other amphibians) are rapidly becoming endangered because of habitat loss as well as the spread of a deadly chytrid fungus called Bd.  See below for links to more information.

I recently submitted this photo to the “Art of Nature” photo contest on PhoozL.com .  Click the first image below and it will take you to the PhoozL gallery for the contest.  Its free to enter, so submit your own photos!

Here are some of my other favorites.  I just never get tired of seeing these amazing frogs!

Here’s some links in case you are interested in learning more!

http://www.savethefrogs.com/

http://www.amphibianark.org/the-crisis/chytrid-fungus/

http://www.amphibians.org/

4 responses

  1. These images are un-frogettable! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. The vivid colors are incredible. Is everything brighter in Central America?

    July 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

    • I suppose you could say that! In the tropics, in particular, many animals exhibit bright coloration as warning signs, a defense mechanism called aposematism. Many frogs, snakes and insects are especially known for this. From what I understand, the toxins in the skin of the red-eyed tree frogs are not actually that potent, but this warning coloration might trick a predator into thinking otherwise.

      But yes, the colors of these frogs are just incredible! Such great animals!

      July 14, 2012 at 2:47 am

  2. Great photos, love these bright coloured froggies.

    July 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    • Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. They are wonderful animals indeed!

      July 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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