The pumpkin toadlet is no bigger than a tic tac and lacks an ability that most frogs are well known for. While the species can jump off the ground, it usually ends up in a pitiful crash landing.
A biologist at the Edwardsville, Illinois campus of Southern Illinois University Richard Essner is one of the researchers studying the frog. He said “if you didn’t do particularly well in gym class, then this might be the frog for you,”
A paper published by Essner and a team of researchers said the frog’s tiny size makes it unable to direct itself in midair. As a result, it hits the ground hard without its legs ready to brace the impact. The balancing system contained in the frog’s ear is so small that it cannot prepare for landing.
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