Articles, Blog

World’s Most Famous Frog!


(percussion music) – Ah, there he is. (fast-paced percussion) (gentle piano music) The darkness of
night brings with it the awakening of many
rainforest creatures. On the Caribbean
side of Costa Rica, one of the most iconic
amphibians in Central America is out on the hunt
for its next meal. It’s two o’clock in the morning. We have been out here
for hours looking for what is supposed to be one of the most common
species of tree frogs here in Costa Rica. We’ve found all sorts
of frog species, just not the one that
we’re actually after for this episode. At the right time of year, specifically during
the rainy season, these frogs descend from the
tree tops and can be found near permanent or
temporary bodies of water where they have come
to lay their eggs. Right there, (frogs croak) those are tree frog eggs. Look at that cluster,
how cool is that? There are many species of
frogs in the rainforest you can happen upon and some of them, like
the gliding leaf frog, also have red eyes. That, oh, I’ve
gotta move slowly, is a gliding leaf frog. Look at you, pretty
good size too. That is an arboreal
species, usually find them high up in the trees. They’re called gliding
leaf frogs because they use the momentum
of their bodies. They jump from higher heights
down to lower heights. Look at that. That’s one cool-looking frog. Alright, search for the
red-eyed tree frog continues. – Our search didn’t
take us much further when, sure enough, we finally
came upon the amphibian we had all hoped to finally
get in front of the cameras. You’re not gonna believe
that there’s actually one right here on this leaf. – [Mark] Where? – Look at that. There is the red-eyed
tree frog curled up in a little ball. I’m gonna cock my light. Bring up that level
a little closer. 100%, oh my gosh, we’ve
been looking for hours for this frog. Sure enough, there it is,
completely camouflaged. Now you’ll notice, I’m
gonna tilt it a little bit. Mark, do you see
the eyeball there? See that reticulated pattern? The frog can see
us through that. Do you see it? It almost looks like
gold spider webbing, but it thinks it’s
completely hidden. It’s got its toes tucked under, the coloration on the side
of its body tucked under, and if you didn’t know
what you were looking for it just looks like
a bump on that leaf. Alright, here we
go, are you ready? He’s just like
saying to himself, “You guys can’t see me.” Gotcha. Be really gentle. There it is, the
red-eyed tree frog, the most famous frog
species here in Costa Rica. Gonna wake up for us? Oh, look at those eyes. Hi, how are you? I know that everybody
out there watching has been asking to see this frog since we made our first
trip to Costa Rica. When we were on the west coast, these frogs do live there, but they were all
high up in the trees because it was the dry season. Here on the east coast,
we have a lot of rains that have pushed through, and… Don’t, no, not in my mouth. Okay, well, in this incidence
just kind of go with it. I do have to be careful
because these frogs can excrete a toxin
from their skin. Don’t want to get that
in my mouth or my eyes. Silly girl. Why don’t we bring
you up here on my hand and let’s get you up
close for the camera and get some interesting facts? How cool is this? How excited are you? We finally found one, yes! The common name for this frog is the red-eyed tree frog. However, it’s technically
a red-eyed leaf frog and that is because it
is an arboreal species, which means that they live
high up in the tree tops, hence the name leaf frog they’re always
hanging out on leaves. Or like this. As you can see, they’re
really good at jumping and really at climbing, and now it’s on my hat. Is it still right there? – [Mark] Yes it is. – If you can just get it
and bring it back down on my hand, Mark. There we go, or there
you go little guy. That leaping ability is
excellent when it comes to escaping from predators. Look at that. Look how long those legs are. – [Mark] How do they grip? – Those sticky pads, and
they are so incredibly sticky I can feel it every time
he moves himself around on my fingertip or my hand. They secrete this mucus from
the tips of their fingers, it’s almost like
a temporary glue that allows them to
move from leaf to leaf, or if they leap
across a wide expanse they can just whap,
land onto something, and they will stick. Let’s take a real good
look at this frog’s eyes because if there’s one
thing that this frog is iconic for, it is
those reddish-orange eyes. They’re enormous, as
compared to the size of this frog’s head. That is because this
is a nocturnal species. This allows the frog to
be able to see its prey when it’s out there
hunting at night. This is a male. I can tell because the males
are significantly smaller than the females, and
what you guys cannot smell is that right now it’s
actually secreting a toxin from its skin. This frog does not really
want to cooperate, does it? He really wants to
crawl on my face. Back on the leaf, alright,
let’s see if I can do this. This amphibian is going to
be much more comfortable if I actually keep it
on a leaf like that. There is a perfect example
of this animal’s camouflage. It seems like you can’t
see me, but we can. Let me see if I can
get him right up on the edge of the
leaf, like that. Do not jump on my face again. Wow, very cool. These frogs are insectivores, which means that they eat bugs and they’re opportunistic
so any mosquito or moth or little flying creature
that comes across its path when its sitting on
a leaf is fair game. I do know that this is a male. They way that I’m at
least guessing is because the males are significantly
smaller than the females, but both males and females have the exact same color
patterns on their bodies. However, for males to track
females here in the rainforest what they’ll do is
actually bounce up and down on the leaves,
shaking the leaves, informing the females
that they are there and they are available
for breeding. How cool’s that? That’s an interesting
little dating tactic that you have. – [Mark] I think he wants
to go back up in the trees. – I think he does, and we have hung out with
this frog quite a while now and I think at this juncture it’s probably a good
idea to get it back off into the rainforest so
he can continue hunting. But what an expedition, spending hours out here at night and finally coming across
the red-eyed leaf frog. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you on
the next adventure. Alright, let’s let this guy
back into the rainforest. The red-eyed leaf
frog has long been one of my most
admired amphibians and getting to film them in
a completely natural setting was one frog encounter that
I will always remember. If you thought the red-eyed
leaf frog was colorful, make sure to go back
and watch my expedition onto the Osa Peninsula
where we got up close with the granular poison frog. Don’t forget, subscribe so
you can join me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

100 thoughts on “World’s Most Famous Frog!

  1. frok rapa 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸

  2. This why he world has plagues the white man is the only one who can travel the world why trickery kill off people for goods and claim territory British at its finest!!!

  3. Red eye tree frog how do you do today we’ll learn a lot of things about you o we know how you got your name your blering red eyes are your clam to fame

  4. Well you know how amphibious creatures work
    your not suppost to touch them

  5. I love red – eyed tree frog 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸

  6. Red-eyed tree when the red-eyed tree frog opened its eyes it looks so adorable and when coyotes said hi it was very funny

  7. Why were you shouting so loud scarying these poor creatures? :// and flashing extra light on them. You should maybe think about it..

  8. You did not need to touch it. Everyone wants to touch the plants and animals in the rainforest, believe me that the plants and frogs do not need your salts all over it.

  9. .
    ‏يمكن رؤية جميع الأحشاء الداخلية للضفدع “الزجاجي” عبر جلد بطنها الشفاف، وتوجد هذه الفصيلة المميزة في غابات كوستاريكا الاستوائية. -فضلا وليس أمرا أرجو الإشتراك بقناتي

  10. while im watching I feel like I can just grab it from the screen.
    whatever the number of likes I get from this comment. is the number of times the frog has jumped on someone's face!

  11. Change my picture change my picture 😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣😣⚠

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *