Wonderful amphibian with a translucent body

Glass frog is the common name given to members of a curious family of anuran amphibians (animals that live both on land and in water and do not have a tail). Most species have a light green upper body, although there are shades ranging from yellow to olive green. A few have brown colors and only one is blue.

Many of these frogs have translucent skin (which allows light to pass through), especially those that are part of the hyalinobatrachinae subfamily. There are even specimens whose internal organs are distinguished due to their high transparency.

These frogs are found in the forests of South America and Central America. Around the world there are about 60 different species, and new species are frequently discovered so the family continues to grow.

Fun facts

  • They are arboreal anurans, this means that they live mainly in the trees or among the vegetation.
  • They are more active at night than during the day, gathering food after the sun goes down.
  • During the day the glass frog usually camouflages itself among the leaves of the trees.
  • Most of them are oviparous, laying between 18 to 30 eggs that they deposit on leaves or rocks near streams.
  • It is common for the female to leave after laying her eggs and the male to stay behind to protect them.
  • Although the glass frog’s appearance is similar to other tree frogs, . there is a difference between them: the eyes of the glass frogs are oriented to the sides, but those of the other frogs always look straight ahead.
  • Females are usually larger than males. But in general terms, they are always small-sized species, measuring between 2 to 3 cm and a maximum of 8 cm in some cases.