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Titicaca Water Frog

Titicaca water frog is an extremely large, fully aquatic species of frog, found only in Lake Titicaca and in nearby rivers and ponds that flow into this lake in the Andean highlands of South America. The frog is solitary and more active at night. Females are larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Telmatobiidae
    Genus Telmatobius
    Scientific Name Telmatobius culeus


    Size 7.5 to 13.8 cm
    Weight Around 250 g or more
    Color Highly variable, but generally gray, brown or greenish upper surface with pale underside
    Distribution Lake Titicaca in the Andean highlands of South America
    Habitat Inhabit Lake Titicaca on the border between Peru and Bolivia at an elevation of around 3,810 m; also found in the small ponds and rivers near to Lake Titicaca, and also  on the rock ledges on the edges of the water
    Diet Amphipods, insects, tadpoles, snails, fish
    Breeding Season Summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 500 eggs
    Reproductive Age Around 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 20 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on April 17th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 4th April 2017.

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