The frog with the translucent tummy

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could see inside a tree frog’s body? Well, now you can. The existence of the beautiful Glass Frog was brought to my attention while reading yesterday, and I’ve fallen in love with the little fellla.

Isn’t it cute? Most Glass Frogs have a slightly translucent, lime green skin that lets them blend in with the leaves of the South American cloud forests they call home. But look, look at their tummies!

Completely transparent! You can see their living organs working. I think this is really interesting because of course, so much of our biological knowledge is gained from poking around with dead animals. And the body isn’t really working properly if it’s dead, is it?

Members of this frog family are actually quite widely dispersed, also living in the Amazon, Mexico and Argentina. They spend most of their time in the canopy, but come down to the riverside to breed. They lay their eggs on leaves above the water where they are slightly more safe from predators, and when they hatch the tadpoles drop into the river.

The Glass Frog is just one of the thousands of fantastic creatures we won’t have the pleasure of planet-sharing with if we continue to destroy the rainforests. Please think about what you can do for them.

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2 thoughts on “The frog with the translucent tummy

  1. “Much of our biological knowledge is gained from poking around with dead animals,” – so true! This frog definitely brings to mind my 10th grade biology class which I found AWFUL and I don’t really know how much I learned from dissection other than how to breathe without smelling. But if they had used these guys, how much cooler would that have been? Thanks for sharing.

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