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Phyllomedusa Bicolor

The Scientific name of the frog is the Phyllomedusa Bicolor, meaning “two-colored leaf guardian”. The frog is also known as the “Giant Green Monkey Tree Frog” and it can be found abundantly throughout the Amazon Rainforest in areas of Colombia, Perú, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, and the Guianas.

The Phyllomedusa Bicolor is a nocturnal, arboreal frog. They are large frogs, the males being around 10 cm and females 12 cm in length.  Their bodies are a beautiful bright, glowing green. They have an off-white underbelly and dark spots on the chest and legs.

Reproduction occurs all throughout the year.  Working together, the male and female construct beautiful hanging tree nests above the forest pools. It is along these waterways where the frogs gather and announce the rain. A single frog spawn contains an average of 1,000 eggs, from which tiny tadpoles emerge within 11-14 days.

When the Kambo secretion is harvested by the natives in the Amazon, the frogs are treated with the utmost care and reverence, the tribes have a deep respect and love for them, as they are considered teachers, healers and the carriers of sacred medicine.

The IUCN Endangered Species database lists them in the category of “least concern”. The only threat to this species of frog is the potential destruction of their habitat, the Amazonian Rainforest.

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Kambo has no natural predators. 
The biggest threats to the frog are deforestation & humans.

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