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The Glass Frog...
Transcript of The Glass Frog...
(How does it adapt to the temperature?
How does this bizarre creature adapt to the Tropical Rainforest?
"Well what you waiting for? Come on then, lets get started!"
The Glass Frog....
The Glass Frog
Like all amphibians, frogs can't warm themselves up or cool themselves off therefore they rely on their habitat to do this for them. Frogs are classed as cold-blooded animals however, it's not really true. Their body temperature stays the same as the surrounding air or water. When the weather gets too hot or dry, they sleep underground away from the heat. When they sense moisture in the soil they know it's time to get up.
(How do they adapt to the climate?)
The glass frog is usually found in damp areas of the rainforest e.g. The Forest Floor. The glass frog needs to live in these damp conditions because it's skin is transparent. If it gets into contact with a lot of sunlight, it can harm it.
The colour of their skin helps them blend into the rainforest environment
They shed their outer layer of their skin to keep their skin protected and healthy. Then they eat their dead skin.
They can not only breathe through their mouth and lungs however, also their skin.
In order to breathe through the skin, it must keep its skin moist. Some frogs stay near water, others have developed some adaptation to prevent drying out, such as burrowing into the soil or hiding under rocks.
The frogs have short front legs and large, strong hind legs for jumping. The hind feet are webbed, and most frogs are fast swimmers. The frogs also climb trees therefore have suction pads on their toes. Frogs have well-developed senses of sight and hearing. The male of each species has a distinctive call, used in finding a mate.
How does the Glass Frog adapt to the Rainforest conditions?
The glass frogs have transparent stomachs for camouflage also, it changes colour when it moves to a different area as it's transparent skin lets it blend into different areas. This prevents them from getting eaten by predators and is a defense method.
"We might be small but we sure know how to survive in this environment!"
More about the Glass Frog...
There are about 60 species of glass frogs living in streams in the rain forests of Central and South America. They are called glass frogs because their skin is somewhat see-through and you can see some of their internal organs. They lay their eggs on leaves that overhang pools. When the tadpoles hatch, they drop into the water below.
Glass frogs, found in North, Central and South America, usually eat tiny insects. Sometimes they will even eat their babies. The Pacific Giant Glass Frog, which is a larger frog, will eat fish and other frogs.
1) State one strange thing about the Glass Frog which makes it different from other species of frog.
2) What does the Glass Frog eat?
3) Where does the Glass Frog live?
4) Why is the Glass Frog transparent?
5) Where do the Glass Frogs lay their eggs?
6) What adaptation does the Glass Frog have to help it climb trees?
1) It is transparent and you can see it's internal organs through it's skin.
2) It eats insects and sometimes even it's own offspring too!
3) The Glass Frog lives in rainforests of Central and South America. They are found usually on the Forest Floor.
4) The Glass Frog is transparent because it uses it for camouflage and helps prevent them from getting eaten by predators.
5) They lay their eggs on leaves that overhang pools.
6) They have suction pads on their toes to help them climb trees.