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The Titicaca water frog is fully aquatic and spends its entire life in fresh water, rarely coming to the surface.  It maintains its body temperature in the cool waters by laying on warm rocks or asking in the sun underwater.  When threatened, the frog emits a sticky secretion from its skin to deter predators.

titicaca water frog

Did You Know?

Rather than breathing air like humans do, the Titicaca water frog absorbs oxygen from the water through its baggy skin.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Telmatobius culeus

Lake Titicaca Bolivia and Peru

Freshwater lakes and wetlands

up to 5.5 inches

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Crustaceans, snails, and other small animals

Risk Status:
Critically endangered