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Meet the Vietnamese Mossy Frogs, the Camouflage Masters.

Meet the Vietnamese Mossy Frogs, the Camouflage Masters.

Many animals in nature have proven to be expert disguisers. This refers to their ability to blend in with their surroundings (a survival strategy) or their natural characteristics. While the former takes time to learn and improve, the latter is a natural trait of these animals. They know how to use it easily while still getting the job done.

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The Vietnamese mossy frog is an example of this (Theloderma corticale). The strange creature has green skin with black spots, tubercules, and spines visible. These characteristics help it avoid being detected by predators and increase its chances of catching prey. In a muddy and mossy environment, they can easily penetrate.

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Another feature that distinguishes these frogs as masters of camouflage is their loud vocalization. They can project their voices up to a distance of 10 to 13 feet (3 to 4 meters). In the wild, spotting them is extremely difficult.

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As its name suggests, the Vietnamese mossy frog is native to Vietnam, where it is most commonly found in the north. They can also be found in southern Asia’s evergreen rainforests and subtropical forests.

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At elevations of 2,300 to 3,280 feet, these green frogs prefer to live in flooded caves and along the banks of rocky mountain streams. They are most active during the night.

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This species can grow up to 3.5 inches (7 to 8 centimetres) in length and has a ten-year lifespan. The male is noticeably smaller and thinner than the female.

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These frogs hunt large insects like crickets and cockroaches in terms of diet.

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H/T: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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