The Hourglass Tree Frog receives its name from the dark brown mark on its back, which resembles an hourglass due to its shape. Overall, it is colored orange and brown, with small light spots on darker areas and small dark spots on the lighter zones. Some individuals are rather pattern less and look entirely orange. It is common and widespread in both caribbean and pacific lowlands. This species is arboreal and nocturnal, and can be found in disturbed areas, including gardens close to people’s homes. It is not likely to be confused with any other frog species that inhabit Costa Rica, although the other two species in the Dendropsophus genus have a similar orange color, but without the intricate patterns of the Hourglass.