17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 04.2019
Photo Location: sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Camera: Canon EOS 5DS
Copyright: © nicolas reusens