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Giant Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), Rio Napo, Loreto, Peru, September 2018  Giant leaf frog,Phyllomedusa bicolor Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Giant Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), Rio Napo, Loreto, Peru, September 2018

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  1. Love their green fingertips! Posted 7 months ago
    1. I do too. That's one of the best features to these guys. Posted 7 months ago
  2. This video is awesome:
    Posted 7 months ago
  3. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "Prepare to be impressed! The Giant Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) lives in the Amazon Basin in South America. As you can guess by its common name, it's big and it likes to climb. It can grow as large as 12 cm long, which makes it one of the largest tree frogs in the world. They are not particularly good at hopping, but they are awesome climbers thanks to their opposable thumbs. This species is nocturnal and spends most of its time in the canopy, descending only to breed. Unlike other frogs, giant monkey frogs spend the daylight hours perched on tree branches where they bask in the sunlight. Sitting in strong sunlight is not a normal behavior for amphibians. But, the giant monkey frog has a special adaptation that enables it to sit in the hot sun without drying out. They produce a waxy secretion that they spread all over their skin like sunscreen. The wax seals in moisture, keeps their skin clean, has anti-fungal properties, keeps the heat out, and tastes gross to predators. Perfect! Remarkable creatures like this frog are just one of countless reasons that the rainforests need to be preserved, studied, and admired as places of immense beauty and diversity rather than being known as sites of destruction. {Spotted in Peru by JungleDragon user, Anotheca (Dante Fenolio )} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 7 months ago

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The Giant leaf frog is a hylid frog found throughout the Amazon Rainforest of northern Bolivia, western and northern Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Peru, southern and eastern Venezuela, and the Guianas. Locally, it also occurs in riverine forest in the Cerrado. This species is now jeopardized by biopiracy because it produces a waxy secretion that may have medicinal uses against AIDS, cancer and other diseases. The Matses and Mayoruna people apply the poison of the frog to self-inflicted.. more

Similar species: Frogs
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Sep 29, 2018. Captured Jan 1, 2011 00:02.
  • SLT-A77V
  • f/18.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm