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HOPE
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Algerian Protests
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Washington D.C. Tidal Basin in Bloom
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Protecting the young ones
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Good morning, Mexico
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Protecting the young ones

A small frog the length of a quarter leaps from one plant leaf to another, flaunting its little belly as it soars. The skin on the frog’s underside is see-through. So as the amphibian jumps you can view some of its internal organs, including its beating heart. This is a reticulated glass frog, a creature that has a lot of supercool secrets to reveal. Scientists still aren’t sure why these frogs have see-through skin on their undersides. But they think the spotted pattern on the backs of the amphibians is meant to resemble a mass of eggs. This camouflage pattern helps the males protect their offspring by confusing predators trying to get at the clutch.

TAGS: Amphibian, Costa Rica, Frog

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2018
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: April 3, 2019, 7:05 a.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5DS
Focal Length: 100mm
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: ISO1000
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