Did you know yesterday was Save the Frog day?
Bulging eyes with vertical slit pupils mark the lemur leaf frog of Central America as a creature of the night. It lies low by day, practically invisible amid the foliage. As night falls, the bright green skin darkens to a reddish-brown, again for camouflage. As a group, neotropical amphibians exhibit extraordinarily diverse reproduction modes, from breeding in open ponds (much like common frogs) to laying eggs
on land and carrying larvae to water; in some frogs, the tadpoles hide in the beds of swift streams. The lemur leaf frog sits somewhere in the middle of this range: the female lays her moist egg masses on vegetation overhanging a pond or puddle, and a week or so later the hatchlings drop into the water to develop as tadpoles. Numbers have crashed in recent years, due mainly to chytridiomycosis and
deforestation, and the Costa Rican population has all but
vanished, clinging on in just two or three upland locations.
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