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bush froglets inside egg - life before birth
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STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
bush froglets inside egg - life before birth

Encased in their transparent “bubble-eggs”, dozens of Amboli bush froglet was curling up for one more night before taking birth into this world. The female frog lays eggs on mosses to get cover from torrential rains. Eggs are maximum 4mm in size no bigger than a grain and generally lay in a cluster. Some eggs, though not actually, are apparently looking out of shape because of the refraction from the heavy flow of rain water coming through the leaves. It was remarkable seeing the incredibly small almost full grown frogs move inside the eggs every now and then, as if experiencing creation of life first hand. The Amboli bush frog (Pseudophilautus amboli) is a critically endangered shrub frog species endemic to the Western Ghats Mountains who, very uniquely, does not metamorphose through the tadpole phase in their life cycle.

TAGS: Frog, India, Rain

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Bangalore, India
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© Mainak Ray.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2018
Total Views: 25
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 16, 2018, 12:36 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 100mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Aperture: f9
ISO: ISO800
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