Predators and Threats
No information exists on the natural predators of the Lake Titicaca water frog.
Introduced species such as the trout feed on the larvae.
Their two-toned coloration helps to camouflage this species both from above and below. If captured they will secrete a sticky, milky substance from their body. This has an offensive taste helping to stop predators eating them.
In Peru these frogs are captured for use in frog juice which is a traditional tonic that is most often used as an aphrodisiac though it has at times been claimed as a cure for many diseases. They are also used for food and sold in to the pet trade.
Another major threat has been pollution. Mass die offs have become an almost yearly occurrence as a result of garbage flowing in to the river.
They have been threatened through the presence of fungus. This is especially detrimental as they exchange gas through their skin.
It is thought that over the last 15 years the number of Lake Titicaca water frogs has decreased by over 80%.
This frog has earned the unfortunate nickname of “scrotum frog” which comes from the folds of skin across their body.