Rain Forests and Cloud Forests

 

Red-eyed Tree Frogs (genus Agalychnis) are hard to find. They live low in the trees of tropical swamps, but they only come out at night. To find these frogs at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica, I went out at night and searched the swamps with a flashlight. The eyes of these frogs reflect the flashlight, so they can be spotted at long distances. Snakes and big spiders also reflected the flashlight, and I found the swamps to be quite crowded with creatures. These frogs were my favorites. The one shown here is Agalychnis callidryas.

 

 

 

 

 

     These frogs can change color, and their appearance depends on the time of day and their mood. The frogs above  were photographed at night, and show their lime green night colors. The frog at left is the same species, photographed during the day. I was lucky enough to find it clinging to a leaf along a trail.

 

Rain Forests and Cloud Forests