Flashy Dresser by BarbBarcikKeith

9×12 colored pencil. Original unavailable.

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The Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is an arboreal hylid native to Neotropical rainforests.
Description The Red-eyed Tree Frog is a small-sized tree frog, reaching lengths of 9.5 millimeters. Its dorsal surface is green of varying shades, and its ventral surface is white. The sides of the frog are purple or blue, with vertical white stripes and orange toes. Both, females and males, have bulging red eyes with vertically narrowed pupils resemble the eyes of domestic cats. Red-eyed tree frogs have soft, fragile skin on their belly, and the skin on their back is thicker and rougher.

Bright markings along the sides and limbs reduces predation, Most animals that prey on A. callidryas (some bats, snakes, and birds) often rely on their vision. When the frog moves to avoid the predator the bright colorations flash into view (hence their name, flash colors) they throw off the predator. This is achieved by leaving a ghost image in the visual field of where the frog was originally. This confuses the predator and gives the frog time to hide. These flash colors may also deceive predators by making the frog appear poisonous.

Red-eyed tree frogs are not poisonous and rely on camouflage to protect them. During the day, they remain motionless, cover their blue sides with their back legs, tuck their bright feet under their belly, and shut their red eyes. They thus appear almost completely green, and well hidden among the foliage.Their eyes seem to glow in the dark (info from Wikipedia).

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  • richardredhawk
    richardredhawkalmost 7 years ago

    great capture

  • Don’t you usually say that about photography? But thanks anyway..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • lisa1970
    lisa1970almost 7 years ago

    it does have a photographic quality to it. great piece of work.

  • Harry Gray
    Harry Grayalmost 7 years ago

    you have a way with those colored pencil that fools the best photographers lol beautiful artwork i love you style !!!!!!!!

  • cheetaah
    cheetaahalmost 7 years ago

    great pencil art, lovely, I adore your work.

  • Karen Townsend
    Karen Townsendalmost 7 years ago

    wow barbara, ALL your work is amazing

  • the6tees
    the6teesalmost 7 years ago


  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonalmost 7 years ago

    I love the color and the expression here!

  • frozenfa
    frozenfaalmost 7 years ago

    Dang, i thought this was a photo!! XD

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinalmost 7 years ago

    This group of frogs you’ve done is really really good, but there’s something about this guy…so cute and love the title.

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersalmost 7 years ago

    I can’t believe how productive you’ve been – and still are Barb. You must have thousands of masterpieces to your name.

  • TOOOOO many.. there’s no more room under the beds!!!

    – BarbBarcikKeith

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