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Scarlet-webbed Tree Frog

Hypsiboas rufitela


We found this beautiful tree frog calling from a meter off the ground, perched on a leaf near a temporary pond in a road cut deep in the Costa Rican rainforest.


The unusual thing about this sighting is that this frog is considered a lowland species but we found it in premontane forest, around 900m in elevation. Researchers familiar with this area tell me that they have been seeing this frog more often, though infrequently at this elevation since 2011. It was found at the Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and reserve. I also found it on my Mom's birthday!

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31 Comments (1–25)

PhilipChen 8 years ago


SteveWaldron 8 years ago

Gracias a todos!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats Steve!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 8 years ago

Splendid! How gorgeous!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome sighting! Congratulations SteveWaldron!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Congratulations Steve! Your frog is awsome. Well done on your deserved SOTD :)

Congratulations Steve on this very colorful SOTD!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

congrats, steve, i knew this would win an award!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

congratulations on this brilliant SOTD Steve, interesting about the frog being at that elevation and nice for you to find it on your Moms Birthday too!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Beautiful colors on that frog. Congrats!

Daniel-CR 8 years ago

Awesome capture !

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations great spot !

SteveWaldron 8 years ago

If you would like to discover beautiful rainforest wildlife like this frog, for yourself. I highly recommend the Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica. That is where I made this photo.

SteveWaldron 8 years ago

Wow! This is a great honor. Thank you all!

- Ribbit!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely! Congrats!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Congrats Steve!

RayTung 8 years ago

pretty spotting!

Congratulations on this lovely SotD !

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats on spotting of the day, love this frog :)

Great picture, I found one of this in Tortuguero :
This frog has Green bones... I love it.

KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Steve, your colorful scarlet-webbed tree frog has been chosen spotting of the day!

TylerGraden 8 years ago

Awesome shot & find. It's always cool when you see something out of the ordinary. I've heard a lot of great things about the wildlife and scenery in Costa Rica - Hopefully I get down there one day.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great capture!

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Las Horquetas, Heredia, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jun 5, 2013
Submitted on Jun 17, 2013

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