Earlier this week, the internet was abuzz over the discovery of Hyalinobatrachium dianae, a new species of glass frog that looks exactly like Kermit the Frog! So, we sat down with our old pal Kermit to get his take on his new doppelganger, the benefits of being transparent, and the googly eyes that run in his family.
Does this discovery make it any easier being green?
Absolutely. Being green is easy compared to being transparent. I thought that I blended in with so many other ordinary things. And that people tended to pass me over ’cause I wasn’t standing out like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky.
But when you’re transparent, folks really look right through you. It’s almost like you’re invisible …. which might come in handy around Miss Piggy. I take it back. I want to be transparent.
If you could tell Hyalinobatrachium dianae anything, what would it be?
Shorten your name if you want to make it in show business. Maybe something catchy like Diane Glass or Kermina Kardashian.
Is it true that you may be related?
Yes, we’re cousins. In fact, I’m related to every single frog in the world, and I’m close to most toads, too. The reason this new frog looks so much like me is that her mother and my mother are sisters. It’s a family resemblance. Googly eyes run in our family.
Have you ever been to Costa Rica? Do you plan to visit based on this news?
I have been to Costa Rica. I love it! And I have a virtual plague of cousins down there. In addition to the glass frogs, there are red-eyed tree frogs, poison dart frogs, and the smoky jungle frogs.
The study describes the frog’s “advertisement call” as “a single tonal long metallic whistle-like note.” What does yours sound like?
That all depends on which ringtone I downloaded most recently. But my default call sounds like this: “Hi ho!”
Most importantly, how did Piggy react to the news?
She’s jealous. Not about me being involved with another frog, she’s just jealous that this new frog is getting more publicity than her. And as for being transparent, that’s nothing new for us. Piggy and I have a very transparent relationship. Every time I make an excuse about a date or marriage, she sees right through me.