Video: Meet Kermit the Frog’s real-life doppleganger

It’s not easy being green … or looking like a Muppet. But biologists have uncovered a new species of frog in Costa Rica that bears more than a passing resemblance to Kermit.

According to Mashable, the new species, Hyalinobatrachium dianae (translation: Diane’s bare-hearted glassfrog), is similar not only to sock puppets but to the glass frog, which accounts for its translucent underside:

Green frog translucent belly

But it’s the eyes that have it when it comes to comparisons with the talking television amphibian:

frog and kermit


As to the discovery, Opposing Views adds:

Interestingly, scientists initially missed the frog when searching the area in which it was discovered. According to Brian Kubicki, the scientist who named the frog after his mother [Diane], the reason for not discovering it sooner was because of its call. The “advertisement call,” as it was described, is more like that of an insect than a frog and sounds like “a single tonal long metallic whistlelike note.”

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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