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Glass frog Facts

Glass frog Facts
Glass frog or "see-through frog" is a unique type of frog that is named that way because of its translucent skin. There are 60 different types of glass frogs. They live in southern Mexico, in Central and South America. Glass frogs prefer life in the tropical rainforests, usually high in the treetops above the water. Certain species of glass frogs are endangered due to habitat loss. Glass frogs can be held as pets, but they require special care and climate conditions in order to survive in a terrarium.
Interesting Glass frog Facts:
Size of glass frogs depends on the species. Smaller species are usually 0.78 inches long. Larger species can reach 3 inches in length.
Body of glass frog is usually bright green or olive green in color. It can be covered with black, white, blue or green spots. Belly of glass frog is covered with translucent skin.
Liver, heart and intestines could be seen when the glass frog is looked from the underneath. Bones in certain species are green or white in color.
Scientists believe that specific type of skin represent a way of camouflage, preventing predators to spot glass frog easily (especially when they sit motionless on the leaves).
Glass frog can be sometimes confused with tree frog. Unlike tree frog, glass frog has large, forward facing eyes. Eyes in tree frog are located on the sides of the head.
Excellent eyesight allows easy detection of the potential prey. Glass frog is a carnivore (meat-eater). It eats insects with soft bodies and different types of spiders.
Glass frogs are important part of the ecosystem because they keep the number of insects under control.
Due to their small size, glass frogs are easy target of large predators. Main enemies of glass frogs are snakes, mammals and birds.
Glass frogs are nocturnal animals. They are most active from the dusk to the early morning hours.
Glass frogs are territorial animals. Males vocalize to alert other males that the territory is occupied. In the case that intruders refuse to go, territorial male will become aggressive and apply a force to chase unwanted males away.
Glass frogs are arboreal animals (spend their lives in the trees). They will come to the ground only during mating season.
Mating usually takes place after rainy season, or during the light showers. Female lays between 20 and 30 eggs on the underside of the leaves that hang above the water.
Male glass frogs provide parental care. They keep the eggs safe from predatory insects and parasites.
Tadpoles hatch after 2 weeks and drop into the water. Some species of glass frogs will bury themselves in the ground until they turn into adult frog. Other species undergo metamorphosis in the water.
Average lifespan of glass frog is usually between 10 and 14 years in the wild.

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