Published in Health and Medicine Week, November 6th, 2006
Many amphibians have skin that offers little resistance to evaporative water loss. To compensate, these and some other arboreal frogs secrete lipids and then use an elaborate series of wiping motions to rub the waxy secretions over their entire bodies.
"This self-wiping is a complex behavior involving the use of all four limbs to stroke or rub all dorsal and ventral body surfaces, including the limbs,"...
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