This frog is a fun one, and quite a special one at that.
Meet Sachatamia ilex, the Ghost Glassfrog.
At first glance, one could pass by this guy thinking, "Eh, another little green frog". But take a closer look at one of Nature's marvels. The skin is smooth and bright green, the hands and feet- yellow, its nostrils flare out in a manner reminiscent of an angry bull. Flip the frog over and you'll see the reason they're called glassfrogs. Transparent bellies- yep clear, you can actually see the animal's organs as they work together in synchrony. What's more is this creature's most obvious and endearing trait...those eyes. Large, bright white irises, rich black psychedelic reticulations.... It also happens to be the largest glassfrog found in Central America- slightly smaller than a grown man's thumb. So not only is it mesmerizingly beautiful, it's delicate- as an individual and as a species. These frogs reside in the wet premontane forests of Central America; only a narrow band of suitable habitat for this (and other stream specialists) remains in tact.. While the population at this little guy's home seems to be stable, the threat of range-wide habitat destruction is still very real.
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