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Waxy monkey frog

Phyllomedusa sauvagii

Description:

A large treefrog with parotoid glands prominent and diverging; interocular distance larger than the upper eyelid or equal; smooth, scanty glandulous skin; vomerine teeth weak; disk at the tip of fingers, smaller than tympanum. Dorsal dark green color, extending onto throat and chest, scattered with bright white spots. In common with other phyllomedusines, it presents physiological and behavioral adaptations to limit water loss including impermeabilisation of the skin by lipid secretions, excretion of uric acid (uricotelism) and diurnal torpor. Lipid secretions are produced in a special type of cutaneous gland and are spread over the surface of the skin by the legs in a complex sequence of wiping movements.

Habitat:

This species inhabits the Chaco (dry prairie) of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Notes:

Photographed at Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum

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9 Comments

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 7 years ago

cute!

Reeno Gargoyle
Reeno Gargoyle 9 years ago

that frog---is sooo awesome O___O

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 9 years ago

The name is very fitting. Nice find!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

I lost track of how many times I was asked if they were fake. It got so bad that I finally started joking with people: "Oh, yeah... we bought them in the gift shop with the toys." ;-)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

It looks quite unreal - almost like it's made of plastic!

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 9 years ago

I just love those eyes!

achmmad
achmmad 9 years ago

Interested with the name, cool spotting!

courtneyhitson
courtneyhitson 9 years ago

Very cool find!

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 9 years ago

Amazing!

Aaron_G
Spotted by
Aaron_G

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Jan 9, 2009
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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