It doesn’t have real wings, but it can fly. At least it can glide. Wallace’s flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), also known as the Abah River flying frog, is a native of Southeast Asia, especially the Malay Peninsula.
These frogs live in trees and eat insects. They can travel from one tree to another by gliding. Their front and rear toes are connected by webbing, and they have a fringe of skin on their legs. They spread their long legs as they leap from a tree branch gliding to another branch as far as 50 feet (15 m). Sometimes they leap from a branch to the ground with the webbing acting as a parachute. They have large toe-pads that help to soften their landing on the ground or to stick to tree branches or trunks.
Wallace’s flying frogs are beautiful. They are mostly bright green with white or pale yellow on their undersides. The webbing on their feet is a bright yellow. They have a black accent at the base of the webs and on their sides. Their large eyes with horizontal pupils add to their charming appearance.
Wallace’s flying frog is another fascinating creature in a world carefully designed for life.
© Roland Earnst