Amazon Milk Tree Frog
Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo
|Scientific Name:||Trachycephalus resinifictrix|
|Length:||2.5- 3 inches||3-4 inches|
Lifestyle and Lifespan
|Lifespan in the Wild:||8 years|
|Lifespan in Captivity:||8 years|
|Northern areas of South America(Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad, Tobago, French Guiana, British Guyana, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela)|
|Status in the Wild:||Least Concerned|
These frogs are light grayish in color with brown or black banding. Juveniles show stronger contrast which fades somewhat with maturity. Skin also becomes somewhat bumpy as they age.
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.
This species is also sometimes called the mission golden eyed-tree frog for its golden iris, with a black Maltese cross centered on the pupil; and the boatman frog, "sapo canoeiro", because its croaks sound like oars against the side of a canoe.
Above or near slow-moving water in humid rainforest regions.
Rarely recorded, probably because of its arboreal habits.
Adults will consume almost any type of small arthropod they can overpower and swallow.
This frog inhabits the canopy of tropical primary rainforest, where they breed in tree cavities and may seldom, if ever, descend to the ground It reproduces in tree cavities and it is characterized by loud vocalization.
Activity and Behavior
Amazon Milk Frogs do great in groups. Overly amorous males may harass females on occasion, but Amazon Milk Frogs typically coexist peacefully in groups
There is no fixed reproduction period. The females will lay about 2.000 eggs in water bodies in leaves or similar water bodies in the trees The tadpoples hatch already after one day. After only three further weeks metamorphiosis is completed.
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Their common name milk frog refers to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that this frog secretes when threatened.
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