Miles Mathieu, age 8

Credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Rushenbk


The Wallace’s flying frog is a kind of frog whose unique body structure allows it to fly by gliding. It can be found in the tropical jungles of Malaysia and Borneo living in tall trees. Their feet are webbed with loose skin, called a membrane, between their toes. When they jump, the air is caught beneath the membrane, which helps them glide.

The Wallace’s flying frog is bright green with yellow on its sides. The bottom of their toes is black. They are insectivores, which means that they eat bugs.

Did you know…?

  • Wallace’s flying frogs are named after Alfred Russell Wallace, a naturalist from the 19th century.
  • Their average size is four inches, which is the size of a teacup. The females are larger than the males.
  • Although Wallace’s flying frogs are not endangered, their population might be affected by the endangerment of the Asian Rhinoceros. The flying frog likes to lay their eggs in the rhino’s wallowing holes, where the eggs can hatch more safely.
  • Wallace’s flying frogs spend most of their lives on trees and will come down only to lay eggs.
  • This animal is able to travel distance of 50 feet and safely land on another branch or tree.       
  • They have adhesive pads that help land and easily after their glides and stick to surfaces.