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AMPHIBIANS

Waxy Treefrog

Phyllomedusa bicolor


ON EXHIBIT:  Discovery Hall at River Journey

Waxy Treefrog

FUN FACTS
This large tree frog is sexually dimorphic; females reach a larger adult size than males.  Giant waxy monkey frogs lay their eggs in a leaf nest over water in a large gelatinous mass that may contain up to 600 eggs.  The eggs hatch rapidly in a week or two and the tadpoles fall into the water where they remain until they metamorphose into frogs.  The dried skin secretion from these frogs is called  'sapo.'  It is used in hunting rituals by the Matses Indians of Northern Peru.

CONSERVATION
Populations are decreasing. All amphibians are at risk due to factors such as habitat destruction, pollution and diseases such as ranavirus and chytrid fungus.

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WAXY MONKEY TREE FROG WALLPAPER

Waxy monkey tree frog

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Photo by Bill Hughes

About This Animal

SIZE: 4-5 in (10-12.7 cm)

RANGE: Amazon basin, South America

HABITAT: Rainforest

DIET: Insects