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Grasping at Straws: A tree frog’s superior climbing ability

March 20, 2013

Today is World Frog Day, and we are celebrating the amazing world of frogs!


As you can see, this little tree frog is an expert at climbing. This thin plant stalk barely looks like it could hold its weight and any other animal of his size may not have such luck. But luck really has nothing to do with it. Tree frogs are much smaller than their terrestrial counterparts because their weight has to be supported by tiny plants like this one. Tree frogs also have discs on their long fingers and toes giving them the ability to grasp at branches and stems, and even suction to smooth surfaces.


Do you want to see another amazing frog in action? Check out the walking Rubber Frog! 


By Bridget Conneely


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