flying frog (thing)
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|Rhacophorus Nigropalmatus or Reinwardtii
Range: tropical [rainforests] in [Malaysia] and [Borneo].
Flying [frogs] are tiny (15-20 mm) [insectivores] with oversized feet that are fully webbed. When the frog is fully stretched out, these feet and additional flaps of skin along the sides of the body become [airfoils] that enable the frog to [glide] for extended distances. Flying frogs can glide up to 50 feet between trees - pretty impressive for an animal that's less than an inch long. They spend almost all of their lives high above the ground. The ends of their toes are specialized like [gecko] fingers, with ridges that help the frog to grip vertical surfaces.
Female flying frogs secrete their eggs into a foamy sort of bubble nest, which they attach to a branch hanging over water. The male fertilizes the eggs in the nest, and when the embryos begin to develop into tadpoles the nest disintegrates and the young fall into the water to begin their [tadpole] lives.