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Waxy Monkey Frog - Dec. '04 - American Museum of Natural History, NY

Most frogs like cool, moist places. Waxy monkey frogs (Phyllomedusa sauvagii) like it hot. They seal in moisture by giving themselves a rubdown with a waxy substance secreted through skin glands. Climbing to an exposed perch, they draw in their arms and legs and sleep in the sun. They awaken and hunt at night when the air temperature and the rate of water loss are lower.

Class: Amphibia
Family: Hylidae
Size: 2 to 3 inches
Food: Insects
Range: Chaco Desert of Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia
Habitat: Dry scrub forest
Life Cycle: Females lay eggs on vegetation overhanging water. The tadpoles hatch and drop into the water below. Tadpoles metamorphose in 35 to 70 days depending on food and temperature.

source: www.amnh.org/exhibitions/frogs/featured/waxon.php

Shot with Canon 300D @ 200mm

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  1. btezra [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

    ~good shot, the greens in this are xlnt, but constructively the blurred object just to the left of center is a wee bit distracting...overall I like the shot. Also, I'd like to pass along a link to a fotag I have befreiended through another photo site, George Dangerfirld, outdoorsy-fotag who does superb work, especially w/ frogs, thought you'd enjoy his work~


  2. whaymes 105 months ago | reply

    wow :) such a regal posture, great capture.

  3. Axel_ 104 months ago | reply

    cool pic!

  4. *Lindsey* 103 months ago | reply

    what a great shot!!

  5. spilopterus 100 months ago | reply

    Frog, the royal highness. Another Star Wars lookalike.

  6. bikeracer 100 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comments, btezra, whaymes, Axel, Lindsey, and spilopterus!

  7. =Anubis= 99 months ago | reply

    That's wonderful!!!
    Great photo too!

  8. bikeracer 99 months ago | reply

    Thanks Anubis!

  9. daydreamerpete 92 months ago | reply

    crop is fine as it is. pff suggest ur own crops.

  10. DreamzInColor 90 months ago | reply

    Great title.

    You are invited to add this image to ***Fantastic Animal Photos***

  11. sambasoccer27 [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

    ahahahaha thats so funny. almost identical. great shot.

  12. sandra.bubi 84 months ago | reply

    Indeed! It made me laugh.

  13. JES89 55 months ago | reply

    That is a very good shot! He sure looks grumpy like Jabba the Hutt... Either that, or he's a quarter a sleep like I feel like right now (I seem to have slow starts in the morning on occasion). I think waxy monkey frogs can grow to be pretty big. This chum here is already at a fairly big size. He looks like he is probably the size of my fist.

  14. Sienna62 48 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nature's Garden (Invited Only - P1:A3) Celebrating 1 Year, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    It does look like Jabba...great shot

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  15. Algom@ 46 months ago | reply

    Bonjour, je suis un administrateur du groupe Nature by Flickr , et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez votre photo à notre groupe.

  16. raven blackstone 40 months ago | reply

    In Romanian Jabba means frog......lol

  17. canonrat 32 months ago | reply

    Lovely shot!!

    Always Watching

    I'm Watching You and your Damm Umbrella!

    Congrats on explore!!!

  18. Ade IOW 24 months ago | reply

    Perfect Title excelent picture.

  19. HenCid 22 months ago | reply

    pleease can i dawnload it in for my screensaver :'(

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