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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Taken on December 16, 2004