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The Amazon Amorangan Frog

The Amazon Amorangan Frog or Peruvian Leaf Frog (Phyllumryne Peruviana) is a species of frog in the Mariryne family.  This species was first discovered in the Western Amazon by herpetologist Edwin Coniver in 1967.  Today, these frogs can be found in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.  This species is characterized by their pointed teeth, unusually wide mouth, and horn-like protrusions along their spine.  The Amazon Amorangan Frog is a hefty frog, measuring anywhere from 20 to 30 centimeters with a lifespan ranging from seven to ten years.  Adult frogs are dark green in color, while juveniles are lighter in color and do not exhibit the spinal protrusions until they are four years of age.  Due to their bulky bodies, these frogs are found closer to the ground, among the bushes, short trees, and low branches.  Rarely do they ascend to the high vegetation.  This species is nocturnal and carnivorous, which sets them apart from their counterparts.  Known as predators among their genus, these frogs prey upon the smaller species of frogs living in the Amazon.  A special digestive secretion in their stomach allows the Amazon Amorangan Frog to safely consume poisonous frogs, such as the Red-Spotted Frog, which constitutes most of their diet.  Many groups of indigenous people in the Amazon use this species for spiritual purposes.  The elders and religious leaders of certain groups, such as the Atramani Waileia of the Bolivian Amazon, consume this frog in spiritual ceremonies.  The digestive secretions in the stomach of the frog causes vivid hallucinations, nausea, and light-headedness when digested by humans.


Written by Solace Medina

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