Amazon Milk Tree Frog

[Phrynohyas resinifictrix]

The Amazon Milk Frog is rather large for a tree frog. It is 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.

Location: The RainForest Amphibian Exhibits

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Range

The range of the Amazon Milk Frog is the Northern Amazon region of South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela)


Habitat

The habitat of the Amazon Milk Frog is the Humid rain-forest canopy, near slow-moving streams.


Gestation

Tadpoles hatch in one day; larval stage is approximately three weeks.


Litter

Clutch size: 2,000 eggs


Behavior

The Amazon Milk Frog is nocturnal and lives in the rain-forest canopy. They often breed in tree cavities and seldom descend to the ground.


Reproduction

Breeding in Amazon Milk Frogs 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.


Wild Diet

Medium-sized insects and other arthropods and invertebrates


Zoo Diet

Live crickets and appropriately sized food items 3x weekly



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