Malabar Gliding Frog 

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A green frog with a slender body, webbed feet, unusual body positions, very well camouflaged and gliding in the air. This was how a juvenile Malabar gliding frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus), a rare amphibian that can glide in the air up to 10-12 m, was spotted in the orchard of a house at Pullad, near Kozhencherry in Kerala, recently. 

Details  

  • The frog is endemic to the rain forests of the Western Ghats. 
  • Their gliding abilities help these frogs cover 10-12 ft in one leap. 
  • The frog has got a body length of 10 cm, making it one of the largest mossy frogs. 
  • The fingers and toes are like sticks to attach to and walk through tree branches. 
  • Males are smaller than females. 
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