Among the many weird and fascinating amphibians on our planet, very special are the Glass Frogs. This amazing frog family has a transparent skin, allowing you to view inside its small body. They are so transparent that it almost looks as if they melt into the leaves and become one with them. Transparent animals like these frogs are spectacular to see.
Glass frogs live in and among the trees and plants of humid mountain forests in Central and South America. Higher up the mountain the rainforests are called cloud forests because the trees are almost always covered in clouds. Glass frogs are mostly active at night, which makes them very difficult to spot for predators.
During the breeding season they live along rivers and streams where they lay their eggs on leaves that overhang the water. When breeding is over, most glass species go back to live high up in the canopy.
Conservationists are especially interested in these beautiful frogs because they may be good bioindicators. A bioindicator is a species that provides clues about the health of the environment where it lives. As the Earth’s weather changes, some of the rain- and cloud forests where Glass Frogs live are becoming too dry, making life difficult for the frogs, as well as other plants and animals. By watching the glass frogs, scientists can learn what impact global warming has on these forests and the amazing species that inhabit them.