Kermit's response to newly found Costa Rican look-alike frog
Earlier in the week the discovery of a new glassfrog species from the Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica made headlines. The news was broken by the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center and researcher Brian Kubicki.
The new species, named the Diane’s bare-hearted glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium dianae), lives in the tropical wet forests and premontane rainforests of the Caribbean foothills at elevations between 400–800 meters.
Besides noting particular characteristics such as the fact that its stomach is translucent and organs are visible from the outside, what many news outlets couldn’t help but highlighting is the uncanny resemblance to Kermit the frog.
After much buzz over the new discovery and constant comparisons, Kermit decided to set the record straight on the issue.
When asked if it was true they are related, Kermit answered that in fact they are cousins. “I’m related to every single frog in the world, and I’m close to most toads, too. The reason this new frog looks so much like me is that her mother and my mother are sisters.”
In terms on whether the discovery makes it easier being green, Kermit said that absolutely. “Being green is easy compared to being transparent. I thought that I blended in with so many other ordinary things,” Kermit said.
Kermit also acknowledged he has been in Costa Rica. “I love it! And I have a virtual plague of cousins down there.”
Check out Kermit’s full interview at Disney.
Photo by Brian Kubicki/Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center