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White’s Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea)

White’s tree frog (Litoria caerulea)

Cute Frog of the Week: November 11, 2010

With a wide grin and joyful expression, it is clear why the White’s tree frog would be nicknamed the “smiling tree frog.” These adorable frogs are gentle animals with a calm temperament. Even though they are able to jump, this is rare unless they are startled. Their diet typically consists of insects and spiders, and when they eat, they use their front feet to shove it into their mouth. These frogs have a fat, flabby body shape, earning them yet another seemingly apt nickname: the “dumpy tree frog.” The fatty ridges over their eyes change shape with weight gain or loss and when they eat too much, these ridges can get so large that they cover the frog’s eyes.

And check out those pupils! While most tree frogs have vertical pupils, the white’s tree frogs have horizontal pupils.

Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke, Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

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