Giant Waxy Monkey Frog

Phyllomedusa bicolor

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Giant Waxy Monkey Frogs get their name because of two reasons; their waxy appearance, secreting a wax-like substance from glands behind their eyes, which they rub over their body protecting them from dehydration, and their locomotion; rather than hopping or jumping to move around they will walk and climb instead.

Home: Amazon Basin in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and the Guianas.

Diet: Invertebrates; which they capture up in the trees using their extendable sticky tongue.

Lifestyle: Nocturnal, this species resides amongst humid lowland forests within the tree canopy. They’re an arboreal frog well suited to living in trees, possessing opposable thumbs in which to grasp branches. 

Young: Both sexes nest build, folding leaves that hang directly over a pool of water. The female deposits a mass of around 600 gelatinous eggs in the leaf, and after 8-10 days’ tadpoles will emerge falling into the water where they will complete their metamorphosis.

Lifespan: 15 years.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Giant Wwaxy Monkey Frog