Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Curled up in a tight little ball on a bright green leaf, this unassuming amphibian might go unnoticed.

But once it opens its eyes and stretches out its arms and legs - that's a whole other story!

The red-eyed tree frog lives in the rain forests of South America and spends its days hiding its brightly-marked body parts from possible predators.

With glaring orange feet, blood-red eyes, and a striking blue and green body, these little guys stand out from their jungle-green surroundings.

But their distinct look is actually a built-in defense strategy.

When disturbed, they pop open their eyes and leap away, confusing enemies in a flash.  

This technique, called startle coloration, may give a bird or snake pause, offering a precious instant for the frog to spring to safety!