Geoweek – Where the “Parachute Frogs” Can Be found?

Geoweek - Katak Parasut
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Thousands of birds species live in Indonesia’s and Malaysia’s tropical forests. Birds of different sizes and shapes fly above peaks of rainforests, but they are not the only creature flying in between branches and leaves.

Green and golden-coloured frogs, also known as “parachute frogs”, are jumping from limbs to limbs using their extra wide membranes located between their toes and “wings” at their sides skin.

When they are jumping, their feets and the palms will cause gaps from their body and will give an impression of parachute. They could jump up to 50 feet (15 metre).

Their original name is Wallace flying frog (Rhacophorusnigropalmatus), adapted from the name of British naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace. Wallace, who is called contemporary Charles Darwin, observed these creatures in 1869 for the first time. He drew and wrote about the frog in his book, The Malay Archipelago.

Parachute frogs spend most of their time in the trees, they step on the ground only to marry and lay eggs. This air amphibian’s length is 4 inches (10 centimetre) in average. Their main food is insects.

During marriage cycle, parachute frogs use mudhole where Asian rhinos are having their sex. Therefore, the lesser the rhinos the lesser the frogs in terms of population as well.


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