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COMMON NAME:
Waxy Monkey Frog

SPECIES NAME:
Phyllomedusa sauvagii

SIZE:
2 – 3 inches

ON EXHIBIT:
KidZone - Zone C

Waxy Monkey Frog

Visit Frog Alley in KidZone during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger to meet the fascinating Waxy Money Frog. The name “Waxy” comes from the texture of their skin and “Monkey” because they walk instead of hop.

Waxy monkey frogs rub themselves down with a waxy substance that they secrete through their skin glands to seal moisture in. They hunt only at night when the air temperature is lower.

This frog has adapted to meet the demands of life in the trees, not even returning to the ground to mate. Females lay their eggs within a folded leaf that overhangs a stream. The tadpoles then drop into the stream when they hatch.

FUN FACT:
Some Like It Hot - Most frogs prefer cool, moist climates, but these tree-dwelling frogs like to sleep in the sun. They secrete a waxy substance that protects their skin and seals in moisture.