Lake Junin Frog (Telmatobius macrostomus)

photo by Roberto Elias
Conservation status is Endangered

Common Name: Lake Junin Frog or Andes Smooth Frog
Scientific Name: Telmatobius macrostomus
Family: Telmatobiidae
Locations: Peru
Size: 12 inches (30.5 cm)

The Lake Junin Frog is a totally aquatic frog, rarely ever leaving the water. As the name suggests, the frog is found in Lake Junin but it also lives in lakes around it. They have also been introduced to the upper parts of the Mantaro River. The Lake Junin Frog is also one of the largest frogs in the world, capable of reaching a foot long!

Sadly, it is listed as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Introduced trouts feast on the eggs and tadpoles of the frogs. Humans have heavily polluted the lakes they live in from agriculture, residential, and industrial waste. Humans also hunt and eat the frogs.

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