June 16, 2017
- as seen by -Samuel Bozeman
The reticulated glass frog (Hyalinobatrachium valerioi) is a species belonging to the family Centrolenidae which ranges from Mexico to Argentina. It is small, ranging in size from about 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches, with females being slightly larger than males.
The ventral side of the glass frog is transparent, which allows it to blend into broad leaves found along the sides of waterways; this feature also makes the stomach, bones, heart, intestines, and other organs easily observed through the underside of the skin. Typical outer coloration of this frog is lime green with speckles of yellow or orange.
These frogs live an arboreal lifestyle and are nocturnal hunters; their prey consists of small insects and arthropods. During the daylight hours, glass frogs typically cling to the underside of leaves to keep from becoming dehydrated by the sun.
Read Part 2 on June 18 — See-through Frogs: Great Dads.
Nikon D5, R1C1 Strobe Kit, Nikon 60mm Lens