Gliding

. After looking around, I learned — Chinese gliding frogs have enhanced webbing between their toes. When leaping between branches or escaping toward the ground, their toes spread, and the webbing stretches like the wing of a hang glider. Although no frogs can truly fly, gliding frogs can soar and land gracefully from daunting heights. Their winged feet allow them to bank and steer through the air, and adhesive toe pads help them stick where they land. Gliding Frog Polypedates dennysi Class: Amphibia Family: Rhacophoridae Size: Up to 4 inches Food: Insects Range: Southeastern China and Myanmar Habitat: Montane forests Life Cycle: Females lay eggs in foam nests attached to branches and grasses overhanging water. They create the nests by beating a frothy secretion into foam with their hind legs.

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2 Replies to “Gliding”

  1. An Amazonian (I think the local is right?) frog that has a membrane he can stretch, like a glider squirrel, to gain distance when jumping, or to jump down from a height that would be perilous without this cool genetic add on.