Light Diet: Cuban Tree Frog Glows After Swallowing Bulb
The evening began like any other for photographer James Snyder, when he let his dog out into his back yard before bed back in March. But soon Snyder spotted something a little peculiar on his mango tree. "There was this tree frog sitting on the tree," Snyder tells PEOPLE Pets. "Glowing."
Initial observations led Snyder to think the tree frog was simply sitting on top of the light. Making sure to capture this priceless moment, Snyder grabbed his camera to snap a few shots. When he reviewed the images, close-ups showed that the tree frog had, in fact, ingested the entire bulb.
Assuming at this point the poor guy had passed, Snyder went in for a closer look and a few more shots before he noticed the frog started to move. Realizing the amphibian was indeed still alive, Snyder worked to free the fellow from his fixture. "I grabbed the wire right by the edge of the light," Snyder tells us. "And slid the light bulb out of his mouth."
Once released, the tree frog was a bit lethargic and slow to crawl away, but after a few days, he made a return visit and was back to his energetic self.
Though unknown exactly how long the tree frog was tethered to the string of lights, Snyder speculates he was after something a bit more appetizing. "The only guess," Snyder ponders, "is if he had gone after a bug that had landed on the light bulb."
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