Hourglass Tree Frog
Habitat and Distribution: Found in tropical rainforests of Southern Mexico, Central America and Northern Colombia
Size: Up to 1.5 inches long
Wild Diet: Moths and other small insects
Predators: Cat-eyed snakes, frog-eating spiders and bats
Reproduction: Hourglass tree frogs breed mainly during the rainy season, when temporary rain pools are abundant. Males call to attract females. Females lay jelly-like masses of eggs on leaves that overhang water pools; this keeps them out of reach of aquatic predators. After 5-7 days, hundreds of tiny gold tadpoles hatch and drop from the leaves into the water below. After developing into frogs, they return to the trees.Behavior: Hourglass tree frogs are arboreal and nocturnal. Although they are mostly active at night, they may also be active in late afternoon or after rain.
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
The rainforest habitat of the hourglass tree frog is threatened. Like all amphibians, hourglass tree frogs are highly sensitive to environmental changes and fungal infection because of their permeable skin.
Did you know?
- Hourglass tree frogs are named for the hourglass-shaped marking on their back, but not all of them have this marking.