Kermit the Frog has a real-life doppelgänger that was recently discovered in Costa Rica. The newfound species of frog from Costa Rica looks just like the most famous Muppet, and photos drawing the comparison are now going viral online.
According to CBS News the frog was discovered and extensively photographed by Dr. Brian Kubicki, who has spent the last 17 years studying amphibians at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center.
“I think it is great that this species is getting so much attention around the world,” said Kubicki, who doesn’t mind the comparisons to Kermit. “Hopefully this will help increase the awareness of the incredible amphibians found in Costa Rica and the need to continue studying them and conserve their vital habitats.”
The new species, named Hyalinobatrachium dianae, was described in a study published in the journal Zootaxa as bright lime green with big white bugged-out eyes. Because of the placement of the eyes on top of the head, along with the extra wide Muppet-like mouth, the resemblance to Kermit is striking.
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Kubicki, who founded the research center, said his team has discovered six of these specimens so far. The H. Dianae are classified as a type of translucent glass frog.
According to the center’s Facebook page:
“With the addition of this newly described species, Costa Rica is known to have 14 glass frogs inhabiting its tiny national territory.”