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This is the first fluorescent frog ever and he’s adorable

But we don’t know if he can even see his own glow
Fluorescent tree frog

Julián Faivovich and Carlos Taboada (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia"—CONICET)

He's a cutie pie and he may not even know it

The South American polka-dot tree frog knows how to partaay. He’s a blacklight rave in a tiny frog package. He goes where no other frogs—and very few land animals—have gone before: he fluoresces.

He looks dull to the naked eye, but under the right light he shines. Literally. A team of interdisciplinary researchers discovered it by shining an ultraviolet light on this little frog man and observing his

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