Wallace's flying frog Facts

Wallace's flying frog Facts
Wallace's flying frog, also known as parachuting frog, is a type of Asian frog that belongs to the family Rhacophoridae. This frog can be found in the southeastern parts of Asia. Wallace's flying frog inhabits moist tropical rainforests of Borneo and Malaysia. Habitat destruction (as a result of increased deforestation) and pet trade negatively affect number of Wallace's flying frogs in the wild. Despite that, population of Wallace's flying frogs is still large and stable. These animals are not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Wallace's flying frog Facts:
Wallace's flying frog can reach 4 inches in length. Females are larger than males.
Wallace's flying frog is brightly green colored. Lateral sides of the body, thighs, toes and snout are covered with yellow patches. Throat and belly are white or pale yellow colored. Skin is smooth or slightly granulated.
Wallace's flying frog has broad head with rounded snout, large eyes and eardrums. It has slender body and long legs.
Wallace's flying frog has extremely large feet with fully webbed toes and fingers. Toe pads are oversized and disc-shaped. Flap of loose skin (on the sides of the body) stretches between the limbs.
Unusual feet and flap of skin serve as a parachute which facilitates movement through the air. Soft, disc-like pads ensure gentle landing. Wallace flying frog also uses large pads to stick to the surface of trees.
Wallace's flying frog does not fly - it glides through the air to escape from predators such as large snakes. This animal is able to travel distance of 50 feet and safely land on another branch or tree. Wallace's flying frog glides diagonally (at the angle of less than 45 degrees) and gets closer to the ground with each gliding session. This type of movement is also known as "parachuting".
Wallace's flying frogs are arboreal animals (adapted to the life in the treetops). They move to the ground only to reproduce and lay eggs.
Wallace's flying frog is carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on various insects.
Wallace's flying frog is named after Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist who described this species in the 19th century.
Wallace's flying frogs mate during the rainy season. They gather in large groups called armies.
Mating takes place on the ground, during the night. Females produce liquid substance and stir it with hind legs until it becomes foamy.
Wallace's flying frogs have external fertilization. Female lays eggs into the foam and waits for male to cover them with sperm. Foamy nests are then attached to the branches above the shallow pools of water.
When embryonic development completes, foamy nests fall apart and tadpoles fall directly into the water where they can finish metamorphosis and turn into adult frogs.
Females usually lay eggs above the wallowing holes of Asian rhinoceros. Unfortunately, Asian rhinoceros are on the brink of extinction which means that survival of remaining Wallace's flying frogs in the wild may be questioned also.
Lifespan of Wallace's flying frog is unknown.

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