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Channel: SciShow
Categories: Biology   |   Science  
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Hanging out in the trees of Central and South America are some frogs with pretty unusual coloration. Which is to say, parts of them have no color at all. Their bellies are completely see-through!

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Sources:
https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/bitstream/handle/1808/13694/Trueb_et_al_2009.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232701398_Revision_of_the_characters_of_Centrolenidae_Amphibia_Anura_Athesphatanura_with_comments_on_its_taxonomy_and_the_description_of_new_taxa_of_glassfrogs [PDF]
https://www.pnas.org/content/117/23/12885
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-reason-behind-glass-frogs-translucent-skin-180974979
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/22295078_Infrared_reflectance_in_leaf_sitting_Neotropical_frogs [PDF]

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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/close-up-of-a-red-tailed-hawk-buteo-jamaicensis-gm157613274-13139892
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/reticulated-glass-frog-with-eggs-selva-verde-costa-rica-gm1087251912-291701914
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/fleischmanns-glass-frog-backlit-on-leaf-la-fortuna-costa-rica-gm916811130-252258715
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/layers-of-leaves-with-a-tree-frog-silhouette-gm155350410-19113682
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https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/wild-common-buzzard-in-flight-catching-with-claws-isolated-on-white-background-gm1194687298-340277836
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/carpet-chameleon-in-mantadia-national-park-gm498559370-79724715
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/glasswing-butterfly-on-a-green-leaf-gm1189895811-337078037

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