How Glass Frogs Turn Transparent – Scientists Unravel the Mystery

How Glass Frogs Turn Transparent – Scientists Unravel the Mystery
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You might have noticed that our world is a pretty strange place, and frogs are no exception. This diverse group of amphibians is able to adapt to a wide range of environments and is found on every continent except Antarctica. Frongs are able to survive in a variety of habitats, including forests, deserts, and grasslands.

Frogs have a number of unique physical features that make them well-suited to their environments. For example, many species have long, powerful legs that allow them to jump great distances, and some have sticky pads on their toes that help them climb trees and other vertical surfaces.

Some frogs turn transparent while sleeping

If you think that humans do a lot of weird stuff in their sleep, you must keep in mind that some frogs are able to turn their bodies transparent when they navigate to the land of dreams. These animals use such a trait as a defensive move so that possible predators won’t notice them. Of course, such an ability has puzzled scientists for plenty of time, but now they might have an explanation.

New research by Mr. Delia and Carlos Taboada at Duke University indicates that glass frogs pool blood in their bodies to turn transparent, and the creatures aren’t even affected by the clots, as the BBC informs.

Delia explains about glass frogs, as the same publication quotes:

They somehow pack most of the red blood cells in the liver, so they’re removed from the blood plasma. They’re still circulating plasma… but they do it somehow without triggering a massive clot.

So, have you ever heard of a frog’s miraculous transformation? No, not the one where they turn into a prince, but the one where they become almost completely transparent. It’s like a reverse-Harry Potter invisibility cloak situation. The secret behind this magic is that their blood cells get all cozy and snuggle up together, making the liver balloon to twice its normal size. And boom, just like that, they’re practically invisible. Sure, it’s not as impressive as turning into a prince, but it’s still pretty cool. Plus, it probably makes them super hard to catch, which is always a plus.

 


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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