By Josie May 24th, 2023
Not only does it basically have a superpower (its cloak of invisibility) but recent discoveries regarding its camouflaging abilities might lead to breakthroughs in medical research!
They measure around 2 to 3 inches in length and have slender bodies with long limbs.
On average, they weigh between 0.1 to 0.3 ounces.
It thrives in the lush and diverse habitats of Central and South American forests.
They're particularly fond of areas near streams and rivers, as they require access to freshwater for breeding.
These creatures earned their name due to their translucent skin, which allows a mesmerizing view of their internal organs.
If you flip a glass frog over, you will be greeted by the sight of their visible hearts, livers, and coiled intestines, all without the need for dissection.
Their skin is translucent a result of the absence of pigmentation in the skin and the specific arrangement of cells and tissues.
This increased level of camouflage enhances their overall survival by reducing the risk of predation.
When these frogs go to sleep, they redirect 89% of their red blood cells into crystal-lined sacs within their livers.
The glass frog’s remarkable capacity to control the positioning, concentration, and arrangement of red blood cells (RBCs) can be revolutionary for medical research.