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Big-eyed Tree Frog

The Big-eyed Tree Frog (Leptopelis vermiculatus) is a species of frog found in Tanzania, Africa. It inhabits closed-canopy wet tropical rainforests between 2900 and 5900 feet. In literature it is sometimes referred to as the Amani Forest Tree Frog.

It is a medium to large specimen ranging in length from 1.5 to 3.33 inches. It has two distinct color phases. In the first color phase they are bright green with scattered black specks over the dorsal surface with the marbled sides being black and white. In some specimens the end of the tibia to the toes, forearms and upper lip have white blotching outlined with dark green or black. In the second phase they are brown with an irregular shaped, darker brown triangular patch on the dorsum. Randomly placed darker or lighter brown spots and patches may appear over the dorsal surface, legs and forearms. Some frogs show a transition from one color pahse to the next as they mature. The eyes are very big compared with body size and are golden with brown lines and flecks. It has large toe pads that are used for climbing.

Males call while in the water, and are very territorial. They have two different calls: one is a “ga”¦ga”¦ga”, used for attracting females, and the other is a “rrrrrrrr-ga” used for deterring other males of the same species. They are insectivorous.

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