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The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is full of life. It has sounds of all kinds, water rushing and falling, and animals communicating. It’s a busy place where animals are looking for food, trying to survive, and looking to expand their families. The Amazon Rainforest in South America has one tiny animal that is almost completely camouflaged from the rest of the animals, except for one small body part: its bright red eyes!
This animal is known as the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. It lives deep in the tall trees in the Amazon. It resides mostly in South America, it can also be found in Central America and parts of Mexico.
Many bright colors decorate the body of the adult Red-Eyed Tree frog. Its main color is green, with a mixture of yellow, orange, and blue on its belly. The frog can change its colors based on its feelings or needs; the color often changes from green to reddish-brown. Its toes have suction cups that help the Red-Eyed Tree Frog attach itself to the environment. The suction cups give the frog traction to stand firm on wet leaves. Its legs are built better for climbing than for swimming, and it is almost never on the ground. It keeps jumping around steadily pace from tree to tree.
The physical properties of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog also makes it different, and helps it survive. Unlike most humans or even other animals, the male frog is actually smaller than the female. Male frogs only reach around two inches in length while the females can grow to be three inches. The RedEyed Tree Frog is also a carnivore. The tree frog eats grasshoppers, moths, and other insects. However, it eats smaller frogs, too! It is known to eat almost anything that can fit in its mouth.
Many people find it fascinating to know that the red eyes are not just for looks; they help the frogs survive. In fact, the red eyes scare other animals easily and help these frogs escape from their predators. With their greenish color skin, they tend to blend in with their surroundings. When they sleep, they are virtually invisible. However, if other animals see them and try to attack, the Red-Eyed Tree Frog will open its wide, red eyes, and the predators, which usually consist of snakes, birds, or bats, will scurry away. In many cases, the predators may also be stunned into stillness at the sight of the red eyes, long enough for the frog to escape.
The Red-Eyed Tree frog is a unique animal that is able to protect itself even though it is very small. With deadly predators and a dangerous environment surrounding it, the frog relies on camouflage, and its bright red eyes to scare off unwanted guests and enemies.
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