Sphaenorhynchus lacteus Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog
Also known as:
Orinoco Lime Treefrog, Orange Frog
Uakari Floating Lodge, Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, BrazilNovember 18, 2006
Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus) Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus)
Of the various frogs I came across on the grounds of Uakari Floating Lodge, this one was probably my favorite, due to its strange face and ridiculous-yet-appropriate common name. It sat immobile for hours, even when the hot tropical sun was beating down on its delicate amphibious skin.

Here is an account of the four days we spent at Uakari Floating Lodge in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.

Nauta Road, Iquitos, Loreto, PeruJanuary 12, 2013
Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus)
While others in our group were off admiring a caiman and the bite wound it had perpetrated, Mike Pingleton and I were poking around in a reedy marsh about fifty feet away admiring the frog-o-fauna. We tried to get this hatchet-faced tree frog to pose nicely for us, but it kept eluding our grasp and disappearing into the muck for awhile, only to re-emerge a few minutes later and tantalize us further from some awkward position like this.

Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2013 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, PeruJanuary 29, 2022
Greater Hatchet-faced Treefrog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus)
Now that is one comfy-looking frog.
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