Kermit…is that you?
A newly discovered species of glassfrog known as Hyalinobatrachium dianae was found in Costa Rica, and it just so happens to look identical to your favourite Sesame Street character.
Even Muppet Central agrees with us:
— Muppet Central (@MuppetCentral) April 20, 2015
The frog was first documented in a study released earlier this year by the founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre, Brian Kubicki. For reasons beyond our understanding, however, he chose to name it after his mother Janet Diane Kubicki instead of the famous show frog.
The Kermit lookalike is actually pretty different from other glassfrogs, most notably for its “long metallic whistle” which sounds more similar to a noise insects would make.
“The advertisement call that the males of this species produce are very unique, no other known species of frog has a similar call, and this was indeed one of the traits that we used for the justification of it being a completely new species,” Kubicki told CBS. “[Its distinct call] could have played a role in its going undetected prior.”
Either way, at least now we know exactly where Kermit comes from and what kind of frog he is.
Because, just like he used to say, it wasn’t always easy being green.