Mission golden-eyed tree frog
This frog lives high in the canopy of South America’s humid tropical rainforests. These species breed in tree cavities and may never come down to the ground. Because of their tree-dwelling lifestyle, they are rarely seen but have characteristic loud calls. They often live in vegetation which grows over slow-moving water.
Mission golden-eyed tree frogs are quite large, growing up to 10 cm in length. Light grey in colour with brown or black bands, their skin develops a slightly bumpy texture as they get older.
Like most other frogs, mission golden-eyed tree frogs are insectivorous, eating any arthropod they can catch and swallow.
Although not significantly threatened at present, human activities including forest conversion, logging, and settlements almost certainly have an impact on some populations of these frogs.
At Durrell’s Jersey headquarters, this species forms part of a mixed exhibit showcasing some of the New World’s most striking amphibians, including poison-dart frogs.