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Masked Tree Frog

Smilisca phaeota


Their common name comes from the black patch that starts at the tip of the snout and continues through the eye and the eardrum, along the frog's face. This black mask will enhance the frog's camouflage by hiding the shape of the eye, which is what many predators will use to detect their prey. They can change their color and you may find frogs with coloration ranging from light tan to olive green. I've never seen this coloration in this species before, so a genetic abnormality could be to blame.


Montane Cloud Forest- 1100 m a.s.l. Found in coffee bushes in our property.

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Machi 4 years ago

It could be genetic abnormality in which yellow pigment is not produced. See:

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 4 years ago

he reminds me of a world map

Muckpuk 4 years ago

Wow! That is just amazing! What colours!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 5 years ago

I have never seen this frog with such colors. Is there a chance that might be paint?

DanielePralong 5 years ago

That's remarkable Jessie, I haven't seen a Masked Tree Frog with this color before! Any other ones nearby similar?

Beautiful colors. Beautiful frog

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Far out, that colouration!

Jessie Aguilar
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Jessie Aguilar

Cedral, Montes de Oro, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Oct 28, 2016
Submitted on Oct 30, 2016

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