The Waxy Monkey Leaf Frog

Tree Frog

The waxy monkey leaf frog, is a type of tree frog from Central and South America. It has adapted to meet the demands of life in the trees and does not need to return to the ground during the mating season, it lays its eggs down the middle of a leaf before folding the leaf and sandwiching the eggs inside. Its nest is attached to a branch suspended over a stream, so the hatching tadpoles drop into the water. The monkey frog limits water loss by producing a lipid waxy secretion from its cutaneous gland and spreading it all over the surface of the skin by the legs in a complex sequence of wiping movements.

Males and females range from about 2 to 3 inches in length, with the females usually about 25% larger than males. They move by walking rather than hopping, which is the reason for the “monkey” in their name. They are very calm, careful creatures. During the day, they bask in the sun with their legs pulled underneath them, and hunt for various insects at night.

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