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Waxy monkey frog

Phyllomedusa sauvagii


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.


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


Photographed at Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum

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outsidegirl0 7 years ago


Reeno Gargoyle
Reeno Gargoyle 9 years ago

that frog---is sooo awesome O___O

TeresaBurke 9 years ago

The name is very fitting. Nice find!

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 9 years ago

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

courtneyhitson 9 years ago

I just love those eyes!

achmmad 9 years ago

Interested with the name, cool spotting!

courtneyhitson 9 years ago

Very cool find!

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 9 years ago


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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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

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