Northern Glass Frog

Centrolenella Fleischmanni


If you wonder where the name "glass frog" came from, it's that on it's stomach, there's translucent skin that allows for you to see it's organs. The rest of it's skin tends to be a pale green, with small suction pads on it's fingers and toes. Also, their eyes face forward, which is an easy way to separate it from tree frogs. This frog is nocturnal, just as with the rest of it's species, and hides under leaves as it sleeps during the day. When hunting for a mate at night, males have a very distinguishable mating call, which will get louder either as it gets older, or becomes more dominant. Glass frogs tend to lay around 18-30 eggs either under leaves or branches, or near water sources such as rivers. Males have the job of keeping them moist enough, as well as protecting them from predators.

To Hunt, or Be Hunted

The diet of glass frogs mainly sticks to the same diet as other small frogs, that being flies, spiders, and other smaller insects/arachnids. However, their small nature makes them quite the target. Their main enemies are varieties of snakes, mammals, and birds.

Habitat and Threats

Since the glass frog is arboreal, it's life is almost entirely in the treetops. They can be found more mountainous forests in Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama. However, their life in their tree tops causes their biggest threat: deforestation. While they may be plentiful, humans cutting down so many trees takes away many of their homes.

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