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Giant Waxy Tree Frog

(Phyllomedusa bicolor)

Overview

These frogs inhabit drier parts of 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.

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.

Quick Facts

Learn more about the giant waxy tree frog! Did you know that giant waxy tree frogs produce a waxy secretion to keep the skin from drying?

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

The giant waxy tree frog eats insects and other small live prey.

These frogs grow to be 4 to 5 inches.

This species is not threatened.

Birds, snakes and other frogs prey on giant waxy tree frogs.

Meet the Expert Ken Howell

As the curator of the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, Amazon River Forest and Australia: Wild Extremes exhibits, Ken starts his day early, walking through each exhibit.

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