5 Interesting Facts About Zetek’s Treefrogs

Zetek's Treefrog

Here is a Zetek’s treefrog relaxing on a leaf

Today I want to write about a beautifully coloured frog called Zetek’s treefrog.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful little frogs are less than 3 cm long.
  2. Zetek’s treefrogs are named after James Zetek, an entomologist from Chicago who spent a lot of time studying animals in Panama.
  3. These cute little guys are very hard to find as they live high in the forest canopies in plants called bromeliads, which are able to store water.
  4. They have very unusual breeding habits, laying their eggs on the leaves above the waterline of their bromeliad.  When the tadpoles hatch, they drop down into the water within the plants and grow up there.  It seems as though the females lay unfertilised eggs for the tadpoles to feed on.
  5. Zetek’s treefrogs live in the hot and humid rainforests of Costa Rica and Panama.  They are threatened by habitat loss, but their numbers are stable at the moment.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Zetek’s treefrogs?

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