Amazon Milk Frog

Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix)

Other Names: Mission golden-eyed tree frog,  blue milk frog

Family: Hylidae

Location: French Guyana, Peruvian Amazon, Brazil and Ecuador

Habitat: Tree branches in wet and tropical forests of Northern South America. They often inhabit vegetation over top of permanent slow-moving water sources. This will not only ensure their safety in the instance of a fall, It has likely saved the lives of many young mission golden-eyed tree frogs.

Breeding: This species breeds high in the trees in a small hole or cavity. The females lay 2-3000 eggs that will typically hatch in about 2 weeks.

Interesting facts about the Milk Frog: The male will call high in the treetops luring in a female mate. The female frog then deposits the eggs in his small water hole and leaves the male to tend to them.  After the eggs are hatched the male calls another female and entices her to lay eggs in with the tadpoles. The male frog doesn’t fertilize these eggs, they were placed there only to feed the hungry tadpoles.

Mission golden-eyed tree frog on the glass of a vivarium.

The underside of an Amazon milk frog. By looking from this bottom view you can clearly see why this species is often referred to as a “blue milk”

Amazon milk frog resting on a leaf.

Amazon Milk Frog

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