Life Cycle of the Red Eyed Tree Frog

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The red-eyed tree frog is striking with its bright red eyes, oversized orange feet and a bright green body. A red-eyed tree frog goes through four distinct life cycle phases: egg, tadpole, tadpole with legs, froglet and adult frog.

Life Cycle of the Red Eyed Tree Frog
Life Cycle of the Red Eyed Tree Frog (Image: kikkerdirk/iStock/Getty Images)

Egg

Female red-eyed tree frogs lay their eggs on the underside of leaves that overhang rivers. The eggs typically hatch in 6 to 21 days, and the tadpoles fall into the water.

Females lay eggs on the underside of leaves that overhand rivers.
Females lay eggs on the underside of leaves that overhand rivers. (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

Tadpole

Red-eyed tree frogs in the tadpole phase breathe through gills and swim using their tails. The tadpoles begin losing their tails and start developing lungs for breathing when they are about 30 days old.

Red-eyed tree frogs in the tadpole phase breathe through gills and swim using their tails.
Red-eyed tree frogs in the tadpole phase breathe through gills and swim using their tails. (Image: Dynamicfoto-PedroCampos/iStock/Getty Images)

Tadpole with Legs

Red-eyed tree frog tadpoles start sprouting tiny legs within 6 to 9 weeks. The hind legs typically grow in first.

Red-eyed tree frog tadpoles start sprouting tiny legs within 6 to 9 weeks.
Red-eyed tree frog tadpoles start sprouting tiny legs within 6 to 9 weeks. (Image: amyleighcook/iStock/Getty Images)

Froglet

Red-eyed tree frogs enter their froglet, or young frog, phase by the time they are 3 months old. The froglet moves from the water and into the trees, where it will live the rest of its life.

By three months, red-eyed tree frogs have entered their froglet phase.
By three months, red-eyed tree frogs have entered their froglet phase. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Adult Frog

Red-eyed tree frogs typically complete their life cycle within 16 weeks. Adult red-eyed tree frogs are carnivorous and live primarily on worms and insects.

Red-eyed tree frogs typically complete their life cycle within 16 weeks.
Red-eyed tree frogs typically complete their life cycle within 16 weeks. (Image: Dynamicfoto-PedroCampos/iStock/Getty Images)

Fun Fact

Red-eyed tree frog embryos can sense when a predator is about to attack. They can prematurely hatch within seconds and drop safely into the river below.

Red-eyed tree frog embryos can sense when a predator is about to attack.
Red-eyed tree frog embryos can sense when a predator is about to attack. (Image: hotshotsworldwide/iStock/Getty Images)

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