Mating green tree frogs

Mating green tree frogs

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A breeding aggregation of Phyllomedusa trinitatis, the Trinidad leaf frog, or green tree frog. This species is found on the Caribbean island of Trinidad & in South America. Nocturnal creatures, they live in trees & bushes surrounding ponds. The female (centre) is 90mm long; the males, four of which are seen here, are smaller at 80mm. Breeding occurs at the start of the rainy season in June. Aggregations form when there is a shortage of females. Females lay eggs in nests of leaves folded into tubes, positioned above a pond. When the eggs hatch the larvae fall into the water & develop as tadpoles. Adult tree frogs feed on large insects, including crickets & moths.

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Keywords: amphibian, animal, breeding aggregation, frog, frogs, green tree, green tree frog, nature, phyllomedusa trinitatis, tree frog, type, wildlife, zoology

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