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#20 Lemur Leaf Frog

Critically Endangered

I decided to do a lemur that is not a lemur after having done the whole week of actual lemurs. This frog is found in Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia, though there is no recent population numbers from Columbia. It is interesting, they change colour, and at night are brown with grey eyes, but during the day when they are least active they are this bright yellow-green. They are tiny, males are about half the weight of females, with the largest females not quite 2 inches long, weighing up to 0.14 grams. There is a website called The Measure of Things I like. It gives you comparisons for things like weight and length. It is fun for if you want to say "I've lost 2 arctic foxes of weight on this diet" or "my baby is growing so fast, she just gained 60 jelly beans this week". Ok, so I may be the only one who finds stuff like that interesting, but so you know, the biggest of these frogs weigh about 5 grains of rice.

I taught pre-school and kindergarten for quite a while. We raised Western Chorus Frogs from tadpoles several years. They are a common frog here, and not endangered, but frogs are an indicator species. We have a lot of invasive bullfrogs here, and they will eat chorus frog tadpoles, as well as turtles, fish, snakes, and even birds. I liked giving a native frog a step up and hopefully help them be more likely to survive.

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