Chinese gliding frog (Polypedates dennysi)

Chinese gliding frog (Polypedates dennysi)

Cute Frog of the Week: December 6, 2010

Although no frogs can truly fly, the Chinese gliding frog (Polypedates dennysi) comes pretty close.  Making its home in southeastern China and Myanmar, this aerial acrobat (jumping juggernaut, aerial amphibian, floating frog) has enlarged webbing between its toes that acts like a parachute when its toes are spread out. This allows it to glide through the air (even banking and steering in mid-flight!) from tree to tree or land softly on the ground even when jumping from great heights. Pretty incredible!

Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke, Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

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