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Giant Waxy Monkey Frogs live in South America.
They eat mainly invertebrates.
Nests are built using leaves above pools of water, after 8-10 days tadpoles emerge, falling into the water.
Giant Waxy Monkey Frogs can live up to 15 years.
About the Giant Waxy Monkey Frog
Giant Waxy Monkey Frogs are large amphibians with a beautiful lime green colour. The ventral side is off-white with a number of bright white spots outlined with black. These frogs are more commonly known as leaf frogs because, when sleeping, they resemble a leaf and camouflage themselves in the foliage. These frogs are the largest in the family and are native to the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Guianas.
They live high in the trees, where they are exposed to wind and the conditions are quite dry. To prevent dehydration, they produce a waxy secretion which they carefully spread all over their bodies. Unlike the majority of frogs, they can grasp objects with their hands and feet, and instead of jumping, they climb from branch to branch like monkeys. They are nocturnal and spend the day sleeping perched on thin branches.
Did you know?
A particularly bizarre feature of a Giant Waxy Monkey Frog is its long-fingered, almost human-like hands, which have a lime green spot at the end of each finger.