Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Veined Tree Frog or Pepper-Eyed Tree Frog and is scientifically known as Phrynohyas venulosa. The Veined Tree Frog can be found in areas ranging from Mexico, Central America, South America, and some Caribbean Islands. It is a very uncommon species at The Lodge at Chaa Creek and can be found at lower elevations throughout Belize.
The Veined Tree Frog is nocturnal, arboreal, and terrestrial and during the dry season, spends much of its time in bromeliads, leaf axils, tree crevices, and beneath the bark on standing trees. During the rainy season, breeding occurs.
It is the largest tree frog in the Yucatan Peninsula with the females being larger than males having a snout to vent length (SVL) 70-102mm. They have a highly developed ability to parachute from tree to tree and have been observed gliding for 27 meters after being dropped from a height of 43 meters!
In Belize, this frog is known as the Pepper-Eyed Tree Frog because it is thought to cause sneezing because of its sticky, insoluble, noxious secretions that can cause severe reactions ranging from irritation and swelling to temporary blindness if the secretions end up in the eyes.
Photo submitted by Naturalist Guide: Hilberto Tut