Frogs of the World

Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix)

Amazon Milk Frog

Common Name: Amazon Milk Frog, Mission Golden-eyed Tree Frog, Boatman Frog, and Wife Toad
Scientific Name: Trachycephalus resinifictrix
Family: Hylidae – Tree Frog Family
Location: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname,  and Venezuela
Size: 3-5 inches (7.6 – 12.7 cm) with females being slightly larger than males

The Amazon Milk Frog is a fairly large species of tree frog found in the canopy of tropical rain forests of South America. Like most tree frog species, they are arboreal (lives in the trees) and nocturnal (active at night). You can find them commonly in the pet trade now because of their beauty even if they are inactive during most of the day. They are an easier of species of frogs to take care of. Make sure to read my article about preparing for a pet frog or toad before buying an Amazon Milk Frog or any frog or toads.

The Amazon Milk Frog is named the “Milk” frogs because they will release a milky secretion that they produce, when threatened by a predator to scare them off. They will start breeding during the rainy season, between November and May. For breeding, the Amazon Milk Frog lays their eggs in hollow trees that hatch into tadpoles the very next day. The tadpoles then stay in the tree and eat vegetation or other eggs that haven’t hatched yet.

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