Monkey Tree Frog (Phyllomedusa boliviana) - Bolivia

Jason Weigner

Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

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I found this Bolivian Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog (Phyllomedusa boliviana) in Samaipata, Bolivia. This species is also called the Red-rimmed Leaf Frog. This has to be one of my most exciting finds in Bolivia, it was on my list of top creatures to find here. This beautiful frog seems to be able to turn just about any shade of green. This is one of the larger species of Phyllomedusa.

Frogs of the genus Phyllomedusa are often called Waxy Monkey Tree Frogs because of the waxy secretion that they rub all over their bodies using their legs. This wax is a ‘sunscreen’ that helps keep them from drying out. Some species, including this one, also secret toxins that have a variety of interesting effects on human. They are also unique because they often prefer to walk slowly through the branches rather than jump like many tree frogs. Even when threatened, they will often walk away in a sloth-like motion, even though they are capable of jumping. They are rarely seen in the wild because they spend much of their lives high in the tree tops. They are also some times referred to as Leaf Frogs.

Nikon D80
1/200s
f/10.0
ISO 100
11/16/2010

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