Creature Feature #3: Waxy Monkey Tree Frog

Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations (Nomad Press, August 2020), book 3 in the picture book science series, features the bizarre adaptations of amphibians. Like with the other books, it was difficult to decide which amphibians to include because there were so many amphibian adaptations that amazed me (and also quite a few that are truly gross).

Among those that made it into the book is the waxy monkey tree frog. These large frogs live in the treetops of dry South American forests. So the question becomes, how do waxy monkey tree frogs protect their skin from the sun? Sunscreen!

Of course, that brings up another question…how does a frog get sunscreen? Their bodies produce a waxy substance that they rub all over their bodies. They have extremely flexible arms and legs and joints so they can reach all the tricky parts. For waxy monkey tree frogs, though, they are not just protecting themselves against sunburn. They use the sunscreen to keep their skin from drying out. Check out the video – it’s funny.