Help for the giant Titicaca frog: An international team of scientists is to save the endangered amphibian.
As the Bolivian Museum of Natural History announced on Sunday, researchers from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the United States will jointly look for ways to save the frog with the Latin name Telmatobius culeus. The project is therefore supported by several institutions, including the United Nations.
The giant titicaca frog is hunted
The giant Titicaca frog only occurs in Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America that belongs to Bolivia and Peru. The Telmatobius culeus is the largest frog in the world that lives exclusively in water. According to zoologists, he can reach a head-body length of up to 20 centimeters. The frog lives in water depths of up to a hundred meters. The wrinkled and soft skin is characteristic of the giant Titicaca frog. It allows him better oxygen uptake at altitudes of around 3800 meters above sea level, on which his home lake is located. Oxygen is scarce there.
The giant titicaca frog is considered to be critically endangered. It is hunted by humans for culinary purposes and ritual customs. His skin is also used for leather production. Added to this is the high level of water pollution in Lake Titicaca.