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Granular Glass Frogs

Cochranella granulosa (the Granular glass frog) is a nocturnal, tree frog found in humid lowland forests. Their habitat lies in Central America, including Costa Rica. Typically, photographers find these tiny creatures in vegetation near streams. There, the frogs deposit eggs. Once their tadpoles hatch, they drop to the water.

While these frogs displays lime green backgrounds, their abdominal skin is transparent. Therefore, the internal viscera, including the heart, liver, and gastrointestinal tract, are visible through the skin. This is why they are called glass frogs.

These frogs are small, ranging from 3 to 7.5 cm (1.2 to 3.0 in) length. Like little jewels, their eyes flash from tree branches. Meanwhile, their long, yellow-tipped fingers grip around branches as if the frogs were flowers studding the tree.

Due to their fragile nature, these frogs are sensitive to environmental change and deforestation. They remain a bright, tiny reminder of nature’s complexity. As well as a symbol of what environmentalists seek to protect.

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