Malabar Flying Frog

The Malabar Flying Frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus) is a species of moss frog found in the Western Ghats of India. The term “flying frog” refers to its ability to make gliding jumps out of treetops of up to 40 feet. It does this by expanding the webbing between its toes to break its fall as it glides down from above.

The Malabar Flying Frog is about 4 inches long (males being smaller than females), making it one of the largest species of moss frogs. Its back is vivid green in color and finely granulated. The belly is pale yellow and coarse. There are skin fringes between and along the long limbs, and a triangular skin extension at the heel. The webbing between fingers and toes is large and orange-red.

Like many moss frogs, they build foam nests above small pools of water, into which the tadpoles drop down after hatching.

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