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9 surprising animals that fly

By: Bryan Nelson on Oct. 22, 2010, 12:48 p.m.
Flying frog

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Flying frog

Gliding has evolved at least twice among families of tree frogs, with some species capable of impressive aerial maneuvers such as banked turns and yawing. They have adapted these abilities thanks to enlarged toe membranes, which can act like parachutes or wings when the frog spreads its limbs after a jump.

Flight also gives these frogs an advantage living in the trees, as it expands their range and makes traveling between distant branches much easier.