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waxy monkey frog

The Waxy Monkey Frog

The waxy monkey frog, is a species of frog in the family Hylidae. It is native to South America, where it can be found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay. You’ll find them in shrubs and low laying trees in dry Chaco forests. These frogs are often kept as pets, but they aren’t a common frog to see in captivity as they just aren’t mainstream yet, like other tree frogs; such as green tree frogs and White’s tree frogs. This article is on special request from Ryan.

First the Stats…

Scientific name: Phyllomedusa sauvagii
Weight: 3+ ounces
Length: Up to 3+ inches
Lifespan: 8 – 10 years

Now on to the Facts!

1.) Waxy monkey frogs are arboreal (spend most or all of their time in trees and shrubs).

2.) They are insectivores (primarily eat insects) consuming a wide variety of crawling and flying invertebrates.

3.) The main threat to these frogs is the pet trade and habitat destruction, due to logging and agriculture.

4.) These frogs have a waxy substance that they excrete which is spread all over their body and acts as a sun block! This allows them to get sun exposure and not dry out.

5.) The species is listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List, which is a record of how endangered a species is.

But wait, there’s more on the waxy monkey frog!

6.) Like the White’s tree frog, they have a tendency to overeat.

7.) When housed together as pets you need to make sure you keep them at roughly the same size to avoid cannibalism. Yep, they will actually eat each other!

Did you know…?
Their secretions contain dermorphin, a unique natural opioid that is up to 40x stronger than morphine! A synthetic version of this chemical has been used illegally in the US as a powerful performance-enhancing drug for racehorses.

8.) The eggs are folded into a large leaf suspended over a pond or lagoon. When they hatch, the tadpoles drop down into the water and begin growing.

Now a Short Waxy Monkey Frog Video!

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Critter Man

With over 40 years of critter experience to my credit and hundreds of zoology teaching hours to people around the world, I have amassed not only a continuing thirst for critter knowledge but a desire to teach others all I can about the majesty and wonder of our natural world. Critter Science is a culmination of such knowledge.I have hands on as well as book acquired intel on all kinds of critters. Whether they're on land, sea, or air.I will never say that I know everything about all animals. That's impossible, even for a savant. But, that being said, ask me any animal question and I'll answer it. If I don't know the answer, I'll get an answer for you!Let it be said that I have been oft times accused of loving animals more than I love people. I can neither confirm nor deny this.

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