In this incredible Twitter video, these three frogs shocked viewers across the web because of their incredible camouflage. The beautiful frogs look exactly like the leaves of the trees they call home.
In the video, posted by an account named @gnuman1979, shows an open palm with three of the frogs sitting, seemingly posing for the camera.
“Leaf me alone,” wrote the user in the post’s caption, including a clever pun. Another Twitter user commented an equally clever pun. They wrote: “that is toad-ally a leaf.”
Another user continued the trend of puns when they wrote, “can’t leaf without a follow.” Others suggested that the frogs may be extraterrestrial, saying that they are “alien frogs from Mars.” Their insane camouflage certainly makes them stand out—or really, blend in—from other frogs.
Camouflage helps millions of organisms adapt and survive in their environments. The frogs appear to be horned frogs, although the tweet doesn’t release their exact species. However, their pointed noses and eyelids help the frog masquerade as a leaf. While there are many different types of camouflage, the most effective method these frogs employ is by resembling their surroundings. In this case, the brown frogs resemble—in color shade, shape, and texture—the leaves of the trees they inhabit.
This Snapping Turtle Avoids Frogs and Fish and Goes for a Huge Snake
Back in 2015, Kerry Wix was fishing at Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee. While fishing, he suddenly noticed a big northern water snake that appeared to be thrashing and headed toward a concrete spillway at the shore. However, Wix noted that despite thrashing, it couldn’t seem to move on its own. He soon discovered that a snapping turtle was the culprit.
“I couldn’t tell what was going on, but you know me: I always have a camera handy,” Wix, a professional photographer, told Field & Stream after the incident. Wix placed a GoPro beneath the surface and revealed what was getting the snake
This common snapping turtle held the snake’s tail in his clenched jaws. The turtle’s sharp claws also began shredding chunks of skin off the snake’s flesh. Then, at one point, the snake popped up out of the water and breathes. Its fangs come out, and it looks directly at the camera seemingly. However, it couldn’t release itself from the turtle.
When the snake did briefly break loose from the turtle, who was swallowing part of the snake’s flesh, it couldn’t even muster the strength to swim away. Eventually, the turtle grabbed its injured tail and chomped its jaws. The snapper kept eating and eventually scampered off near its enclave with the snake in its grip.
The video has racked up over 5 million views and can be viewed below.