Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

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  • Hello! I am a green-eyed-frog. Although I may not look like it. 
  • And This is MY survival of the fittest.
  • I can be found in the rainforests of Central and South America. 
  • Our long limbs allow us to climb and swim with ease as do the sucker pads on the bottom of each digit. 
  • I have many characteristics to accompany my climbing habits. 
  • We are carnivores and our diet consists of most anything that fits in our mouths such as moths, mosquitos, crickets, flies, etc. 
  • Our sticky tongues help us latch onto our prey for an easier hunt.
  • We use our bright colors as a defense mechanism to stun our predators. These predators get stunned by our colors and we get to escape. They are usually, bats, snakes, birds, some spiders, and owls.
  • UGH SO BRIGHT!! You got lucky this time. 
  • Us males attempt to attract the females through our ‘croak’. Once we found their female, we fight other each other to be able to latch onto the female’s hind legs. The female will latch to the underside of a leaf while other males will try to latch onto her. The female is responsible for holding onto the weight of all the frogs including the one that is latched onto her while us fight. They then take part in a process called amplexus where the mating couple hangs upside down underneath a leaf over a body of water.
  • Us females will lay a clutch of eggs on the underside of the leaf and then the male will fertilize them.
  • The Red-Eyed Tree Frog helps prevent over-population of its prey such as insects and small frogs. We may be small but we are extremely important to the environment and are definitely one of the best in the survival of the fittest.
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