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Amazon Milk Frog

Amazon Millk Frog

Animal's Behavior

Since the Amazon milk frog is arboreal, it will do best when provided with hiding spots that are at the top of the cage rather than on the floor. The "milk" in the name comes from the milky colored fluid these frogs excrete when stressed.

Eating Habits

They will accept the normal selection of feeder insects such as crickets, wax worms, roaches, mealworms locusts, earthworms, flour beetles, moths, flies and caterpillars. Some adult frogs will also accept pre-killed pinky mice.


Northern South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, possibly Guyana).

Conservation Efforts

Recently, thanks to successful captive breeding programs, the Amazon milk frog has become relatively common in collections.

Animal Facts

  • This species was previously within the genus Phrynohyas which was however synonymised with Trachycephalus after the extensive revision of the family Hylidae in the year 2005.
  • Their common name milk frog refers to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that this frog secretes when threatened.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Trachycephalus resinifictrix


Animalia, Chordata, Amphibia, Anura , Hylidae, Trachycephalus

Place of Birth

South America


2.5 to 4 inches


Adult frogs are light grey in color with brown or black banding, while juveniles will exhibit stronger contrasts


25 Years

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Where to See

Audubon Aquarium

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