Introducing Wonderfully Wild Wednesday, where we’ll feature some fascinating wildlife adaptation each week. Let’s kick it off with one of the zoo’s newest residents—the waxy monkey frog.
I don’t need to tell you that the waxy monkey frog is awesome. You can see that for yourself…
Most frogs have moist skin that is susceptible to drying out when exposed to direct sun for too long. But the South American waxy monkey frog is uniquely adapted to take in rays, allowing it to make a niche for itself in the hot, dry environment of its native habitat in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
The waxy monkey frog comes complete with built-in sunblock, a waxy secretion that comes from its neck that it can then rub all over its body. The wax prevents it from drying out under the sun by sealing in its natural moisture.
Day Exhibit where most of our amphibian and reptile species reside.
Photos by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.