Titicaca Water Frog

Titicaca Water Frog

Scientific Name – Telmatobius culeus

Classification – Telmatobiidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 7.5 to 13.8 cm

Average Weight –Around 250 g or more

Life Expectancy – Up to 20 years in captivity

Breeding Season – Summer

Incubation Period – Not known

Special Features – Possess permanent, fibrous, loose, and glandular skin folds which help it to respire in the water as the lung size is markedly reduced; large flattened head with a rounded snout; color ranges from olive green, dark green, or black upper surface with white or pearl-colored underside

Family Unit – Solitary creature

Geographical Distribution – South America

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Critically Endangered

Natural Habitat – Cold, oxygen-saturated lake at a height of around 3,810 m, small ponds, rivers

Diet – Amphipods, insects, snails, tadpoles, fish

Predators – Not known