The Amazing Amazon Milk Frog
Amazon Milk Frogs, also known as Mission Golden-eyed Tree Frogs or Blue Milk Frogs, were first found in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã River. The name “Milk Frog” refers to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that this frog secretes when threatened. But what about that blue mouth? This species is most active at night and is known for its loud vocalizations. During the day, they sleep in the vegetation high above streams. These tree frogs spend their entire lives in the tropical rainforest canopy (rarely, if ever, descending to the ground). They are native to northern South America (Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). These frogs can live up to 25 years. Breeding usually occurs in the rainy season (November through May) with the female laying about 2,500 eggs, which hatch into tadpoles in only one day.
Incredible Close-Up Shots of Nature
With the use of macro photography, even the smallest of nature’s offerings take on a completely different view. Details that would never be seen by causal observance can be viewed at length and with the appreciation they deserve. Nature carries a beauty above all else.
The glass frog is a fascinating little creature. While most of the frog’s body is lime green, the abdominal skin is translucent. Most of the internal organs, including the heart, liver, and gastrointestinal tract are visible through its translucent skin. They are also very small in size, ranging from 3 to 7 cm.
Bringing Back the Dead
Once native to the wet and temperate climate of Queensland, Australia, the extinct gastric-brooding frog is different from most other frogs. For starters, it gives birth from its mouth, swallowing eggs to hide in its stomach until they’re ready to hatch. Secondly, all of the frogs have been dead since 1979, likely due to deforestation and pollution.
Now, scientists working on a de-extinction program, called the Lazarus Project, want to bring the baby-belching amphibian back to life. In a new experiment presented in front of the National Geographic Society, researchers successfully re-constructed the gastric-brooding frog’s embryos by combining its DNA with the eggs of a related species.
The glass frog is a fascinating little creature. While most of the frog’s body is lime green, the abdominal skin is translucent. Most of the internal organs, including the heart, liver, and gastrointestinal tract are visible through its translucent skin. The glass frog is also very small in size, ranging from 3 to 7 cm.
Small frogs that make a big noise called spring peepers (Hyla crucifer). They start breeding from March to June. When males start calling for mates, they are unusually loud.
The Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad
Atelopus varius, also known as the clown frog (in spite of the fact that it is a true toad). They once ranged from Costa Rica to Panama, but are now listed as critically endangered and reduced to a single population in Costa Rica. The variable harlequin toad’s conspicuous coloring serves as a warning to predators of the toads toxicity. It’s a fascinating specimen that looks hand-painted.