Malabar Gliding Frog
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.
- 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.