A very rare species of frog, the Bolivian Cochran frog, has been spotted in Bolivia for the first time in eighteen years at the Carrasco National Park.
These frogs are also often nicknamed the ‘glass frog’ because their bellies are transparent. Sometimes, internal organs such as the heart and digestive tracts of these frogs can be seen through their transparent bellies. They are generally found in Central and South America.
Three of these Bolivian Cochran frogs were spotted by conservationists in early January.
According to scientists, these amphibians weigh just about 70 to 80 grams and measure around 19 to 24 millimetres.
“The rediscovery of this species fills us with a ray of hope for the future of the glass frogs—one of the most charismatic amphibians in the world—but also for other species,” said investigation team members Rodrigo Aguayo and Oliver Quinteros, from the Natural History Museum “Alcide d’Orbigny”, and Rene Carpio of the San Simon University in Cochabamba, according to phys.org.
Post the discovery, the three frogs were taken to the K’ayra amphibian conservation centre at the Alcide d’Orbigny museum. At the conservation centre, scientists will encourage the frogs to breed.
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