Facing the Torrent

I thought it would be a good idea to do a report on a frog and I came across the torrent frog, more specifically the Staurois guttatus. The article I came across stated that the torrent frog was able to stay on wet rotating surfaces better than regular tree frogs. The torrent frog can hold onto a slippery rotating surface, that is almost completely upside down, and still remain attached. This reminded me of when I watched TV shows where people would try to hang onto a wet platform while trying to move across the platform to get to another point. I began thinking that humans could try to replicate the torrent frog in order to have a better chance at certain challenges, such as the ones on TV.

I went to conduct further research and read that the torrent frogs and tree frogs use its body along with its legs and arms to hang onto slippery surfaces. The reason why the torrent frog could hang on to steep slippery surfaces better is because they use more of their body and and thighs to increase their surface area covered. This gives them more grip on slick surfaces. Another reason why torrent frogs are able to stick to steep slippery surfaces better is because of their elongated toe pads. Theses specialized pads help drain off any excess water in order to provide the torrent frog a surface with more friction to provide a better grip for the frog. The elongated pads also provide better traction for climbing rocky terrain. These differences of the torrent frog make it better suited to live in harsher and wetter environments.

Humans often use nature to solve some of the problems today such as slippery roads. Humans could use the elongated pads to form a design to give better traction to shoes and tires to provide better grip during the winter when there is a ton of ice around. These changes could make the difference in certain situations where the tires provide better traction to avoid more accidents.

The research study also proved that the main reason for the torrent frog’s ability to stick to wet surfaces better is because it uses more of its body to maintain a high level of friction to stay in place. The frog’s toe pads use capillary action to stick to certain surfaces. The torrent frog will remain stuck to a place even if there is enough water to destroy the bonds formed with the capillary action. On the other hand other species of frogs may not be able to stay on due to the excess of water. The force of the grip weakens with more water but due to the effort the torrent frog puts in, it is able to survive better in slicker areas.

Another trait the torrent frog exhibits is using more of its body (puts in more effort) in order to prevent slipping (having a better chance at survival). The torrent frog lives in harsh environments, but it puts all its effort to survive. The name comes from the type of conditions the torrent frog can endure in its habitat (mountain streams and hill streams). Humans should take away the effort to survive even in harsh circumstances. Anything can be accomplished if the right amount of effort is put forth. The torrent frog is a great example.

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