Wallace’s Flying Frog forms a remarkable type of Moss Frog. This animal bears the name of the biologist who identified it. Perhaps a new expression should be coined: When frogs fly.
The Wallace’s Flying Frog does not rank as the only known aerial amphibian, but it does constitute one of the largest.
Their numbers remain undetermined because few people ever see them (unfortunate, because they display brilliant colors).
Much uncertainty about whether man rarely sees the Wallace’s Flying Frog because of a scarcity of numbers or its natural timidity exists.
Regardless of relative numbers, experts consider them threatened due to habitat loss.
Wallace’s Flying Frog Physical Description
Most people generally consider the Wallace’s Flying Frog to be very photogenic. They predominantly display a bright green on their back and either yellow or pale white on the underside.
Sexual dimorphism is displayed by this amphibian, with the males being somewhat smaller than the females. Females average approximately 3.9 in (10 cm) in length.
It possesses oversized webbed feet that it utilizes to glide from tree to tree. The species also has oversized toe pads, which helps them cling to trees as they land from their flight. The eyes grow quite large, with horizontal pupils.
Wallace’s Flying Frog Distribution and Ecology
The Wallace’s Flying Frog remains endemic to a habitat range extending from the Malay Peninsula to western Indonesia. They only inhabit regions of the rainforest at altitudes of up to 1,970 ft (600 m). They must blend in well.
Another habitat requirement is the local presence of either small pools of fresh water or slow-moving streams, required for breeding habits.
The Wallace’s Flying Frog spends the majority of its life in the trees, descending only to mate and lay eggs.
Their diet consists entirely of a variety of small insects. Their only known natural predators consist of a variety of arboreal snakes.