Monday, 1 July 2013

Glass Frogs

Glass frogs are part of the amphibian family. There are more than 100 species of glass frogs and they belong to the family Centrolenidae. Their back is usually light green in colour, but it's the stomach that's the interesting part. They generally have translucent skin, hence the name, and their entrails such as the heart and liver are visible through the belly of the frog.
Underside of the glass frog
Glass frogs are also very small, approximately 3 to 7.5 cm in lenght. Unlike the tree frog, which they are similar in appearance to, glass frogs have eyes facing to the front. Their eyes are also very bright, and this could help you greatly to distinguish it from other species.
Some scientists believe that the glass frog evolved it's transparent stomach for camouflage reasons - it's near to impossible to see them perched on a tree far away!
Glass frog on a leaf
 They are nocturnal creatures and are very active at night and spend the day sleeping - as is expected of nocturnal animals!They can be found sleeping in thick forest foliage and vegetation. The glass frog's most frequent foraging times are the evening and early morning.
The glass frog eats spiders and insects, for which the forward-facing eyes are an advantage. They hold their mouths wide open and pounce on their prey when time is right.
The glass frog lives in tropical forests and can be found in Central or South America. They also live in rivers, creeks and waterfalls.
Personally, I think these creatures are very amazing, and definitely deserve a place in our blog - it's not often you can see a creature's intestines!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this and found out more about the glass frog, and see you soon for another update!

1 comment:

  1. That is so cool. Imagine if humans were like that. We probably wouldn't need things like x-rays. :)