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Gliding Leaf Frogs in Costa Rica (Video)

Costa Rica News – So many people travel to Costa Rica in order to see the incredible variations of both flora and fauna that the Costa Rica micro-climate have to offer.  You can head to the beach to study sea turtles, visit the rain forests and watch the white faced monkeys and of course see the many types of frogs that Costa Rica has to offer. 

This video shows a whole bunch of gliding leaf frogs chilling near some water in a mating frenzy.

Aside from the eggs and the obvious fornication going on, it’s clear the frogs are mating because normally they hang out leaf frog costa rica 1in trees. They’re in the sub-family Phyllomedusinae, a group commonly known as leaf frogs, and which is part of the greater tree frog family Hylidae. That means the froggies above generally spend all their time in the forest canopy. But when it’s time to produce more gliding leaf frogs, they all come down en masse to water sources to mix genes and lay their eggs, before going back on their merry way.

According to the video description, these frogs were filmed in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, where once upon a time I actually happened to briefly live, although then I was more interested in butterflies than cool-ass frogs. It’s not rare to encounter tree frogs in general, but gliding leaf frogs are rare, and seeing so many in one place is even rarer. They get their common name from a curious method of escape they have at their disposal: If they need to get somewhere in a hurry, they can drop off a tree, and use the wide webbing between their feet to slow their descent.

By  Derek Mead,

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