Habitat & Range
The hourglass tree frog can be found in the moist tropical forests, marshes and ponds throughout Central and South America.
The “hourglass” name comes from the unique hourglass-shaped pattern usually found on the frog’s back. The bold pattern continues onto the arms and legs, however the thighs are always a solid yellow. Adult females measure approximately 1.3 inches and males measure just over an inch.
The hourglass tree frog is an insectivore, meaning it primarily eats insects.
Reproduction & Lifespan
Females choose a mate based solely on his call. Hourglass tree frogs are unique in that they are the only vertebrae known to be capable of laying eggs both in and out of water. Tadpoles will hatch on a tree leaf and make their own way to the nearest body of water.
Fantastic Fact The “Pantless” Pond-Dweller
Because the distinct patterns on the back, arms and legs never spread to its thighs, the hourglass tree frog acquired the scientific name “ebraccatus.” “Ebracatta” in Latin means “without trousers.”
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