Facts about Glass frogs
Also known as see-through frogs
They are very unique animals which name originates from their translucent belly skin which allow to see their heart, stomach, intestines and liver. They live in forested areas of south and central Americas.
1Glass frogs are amphibians from the family Centrolenidae.
There are over 120 species of glass frogs in 12 generas.
2Most of glass frogs skin colors is lime to olive green.
There are also brown ones (like Nymphargus rosada). Their bodies may be covered with color spots and dots regarding of habitat they need to blend to.
3All species of glass frogs have their abdominal skin transparent and translucent which makes their internal organs visible.
4Most of them are small with adults rarely exceeding 30 mm (1,2 in) body length.
Some species on the other hand can grow much larger up to 80 mm (3 in).
5Their translucent bodies help them avoid predators.
Glass frogs spend a lot of time on leaves and it turns out that their transparent skin makes them less visible to birds who often prey on them.
6They are native to south and central Americas.
Some of them live in Mexico and Panama, some in Venezuela, Andes, Tobago Island and Bolivia. They can be found in southeastern Brazil and northern Argentina. They also live in the vicinity of great American rivers like the Amazon and Orinoco.
7They are carnivores.
Diet of a glass frog consists of small insects like spiders, flies, butterflies and moths as well as smaller frogs.
8They are arboreal animals.
This means that glass frogs spend most of their lives in the trees where they are able to blend with environment to avoid being eaten.
9They are territorial.
During the wet season territorialism is most noticeable. To fend off potential competitor glass frogs make squeaking sounds.
10Glass frogs are active during night.
Those nocturnal amphibians start to seek food as soon as it gets dark and are active during whole night. Mating also occurs at night.