Red eyed tree frog eggs
I see them more often up in Cayo. TEC near the zoo is generally a good place to see them.
Days after the first heavy rains of the wet season, frogs in the 1000ís gather at specific ponds to reproduce. Red-eye tree frogs will climb to each leaf and leave a bundle of eggs encased in a gelatinous mass. Predators abound-birds, snakes, lizards and insects- to feast on the bounty. But the vast number of eggs ensures that some will mature and drop off into the water below. One of the most ubiquitous predators are ants. They work in packs to remove the protective gelatin to get at the rich eggs underneath. It is a race for the eggs to develop faster than the ants can uncover.
Photograph by Craig Knox
Click here to comment on this picture.