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Giant Waxy Tree Frog, Phyllomedusa bicolor

These frogs inhabit drier parts of the treetops, where they prevent themselves from drying out by wiping wax, produced by special skin glands, over their bodies. Because of this, they are sometimes called waxy frogs. Eggs are laid on large leaves overhanging the water. As the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water to begin development.

Did You Know?

Giant waxy tree frogs produce a waxy secretion to keep the skin from drying.


Insects and other small live prey


4–5 inches


Giant waxy tree frogs occupy a large range within the Amazon rain forest.

Population Status

This species is not threatened.


Birds, snakes, and other frogs

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A Note From the Caretaker

These frogs are easy to work around, as they do not jump, but prefer to climb slowly through the branches.

Conservation Initiatives

National Aquarium - Costa Rica

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