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 www.ecorazzi.com 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.
- Go to www.coolearth.org and donate to protect a tree, or an acre, or whatever you can afford.
- Or else home in on the Amazon with www.amazoncharitabletrust.org
- Sign this petition: http://www.saveourearth.co.uk/soe_article.php?id=58 I like petitions because while they can have a massive impact, if they don’t you’ve lost nothing but about 30 seconds. And no money.
- More practically speaking, ALWAYS look for the FSC symbol on wood and paper products.
Image credits: http://mudfooted.com/transparent-glass-frog/