Frog, Amazon Milk
The frog is rather large for a tree frog, about 2.5 inches in length. Its body is light blue, blue-green or gray with black and brown banding covered with white and dark spots and bumps. As juveniles their patterning is more contrasting and then fades some with age.
Class: Amphibian (Amphibia)
Range: Northern Amazon region of South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela)
Habitat: Humid, rain-forest canopy, near slow-moving streams
Wild Diet: Medium-sized insects and other arthropods and invertebrates
Zoo Diet: Live crickets and appropriately sized food items 3 times, weekly
The frog is nocturnal and lives in the rain-forest canopy. They often breed in tree cavities and seldom descend to the ground.
Breeding takes place between November and May (the rainy season). The male frog externally fertilizes a clutch of about 2,000 eggs in a gelatinous mass floating in water. The egg mass may also be deposited in water trapped in a tree cavity or in the centers of bromeliads. Eggs hatch in about one day, and metamorphosis from tadpole to juvenile adult takes about three weeks.
Gestation: Tadpoles hatch in one day; larval stage is approximately three weeks
Litter: Clutch size: 2,000 eggs
- The species is also known as the Amazonian milk frog, the Amazon milk tree frog, and the milky frog.
- The scientific name was formerly Phrynohyas resinifictrix.
- The order name, 'Anura,' means 'without a tail.'