Wallace’s Flying Frog
Wallace's Flying Frog
The overachieving Wallace’s flying frog wasn’t happy to just hop and swim. Thousands of years of watching birds navigate the rain forest and avoid predators by taking to the sky appears to have convinced this unique amphibian that air travel is the way to go. Also known as parachute frogs, Wallace’s flying frogs inhabit the dense tropical jungles of Malaysia and Borneo. They live almost exclusively in the trees, descending only to mate and lay eggs. When threatened or in search of prey, they will leap from a branch and splay their four webbed feet. The membranes between their toes and loose skin flaps on their sides catch the air as they fall, helping them to glide, sometimes 50 feet or more, to a neighbouring tree branch or even all the way to the ground. They also have oversized toe pads to help them land softly and stick to tree trunks.
Keywords to learn
Membranes: A thin sheet of tissue or layer of cells acting as a boundary, lining, or partition in an organism
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Wallace's Flying Frog
Scientific Name:Rhacophorus nigropalmatus.
Region found:Malaysia and Borneo.
Population Status:Least concern.
Current population trend:Decreasing.
Sexual maturity:2 years.
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Wallace's Flying Frog Fun Facts for Kids
- # 1. Wallace’s flying frog was one of the first flying frogs to be described (i.e. officially named as a species).
- # 2. The species is named after English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first discovered a specimen in Sarawak, Borneo.
- # 3. Wallace’s Flying Frog are generally bright green with yellow sides and grow to about 4 inches. They survive mainly on insects.
- # 4. The Wallace’s flying frog population is considered stable, and they have special status only in certain localities.
- # 5. The Wallace’s flying frogs are partial to breeding and laying eggs in the wallowing holes of the nearly extinct Asian rhinoceros, and further decreases in rhino populations may negatively affect the species.
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