tiny treefrog (less than 1" or 2.5 cm long) lives high in the rainforest
canopy for most of the year. During the rainy season, it descends to swamps
and ponds in the rainforest for breeding.
Because they are so small,
they are at great risk of predation when breeding. The bold little males sing
from exposed perches hoping to lure a female in, but trying at the same time
to avoid getting eaten. Cat-eyed Snakes and Frog-eating Spiders are among the
most common threats, but Bulldog Fishing Bats and other winged predators also
threaten the frogs.
If successful in breeding,
the female lays eggs on a leaf that eventually fall into the water. There they
hatch into beautiful gold and black striped tadpoles, where they quickly grow
and metamorphose into frogs. The young frogs then head for the trees until the
next breeding season.