Other common names: Amazon Milky Frog; Milky Frog; Blue Milk Frog; Amazonian Cave Frog; Gold Mission Frog
Scientific name: Trachycephalus resinifictrix
The Amazon Milk Frog is an arboreal frog which is native to tropical rainforests
in much of South America, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela. They are a nocturnal frog, and feed on insect eggs and plant matter.
The Amazon Milk Frog first became popular in the early 1990's, as captive bred frogs started to become available in the pet trade.
Appearance / health:
Adult Amazon Milk Frogs can be blue or blue-green, and are marked with grey / brown bands and spots.
2 - 4 adult Amazon Milk Frogs can be housed in a 30 gallon habitat. They are an arboreal species, so a tank that offers some plants and branches on which they can climb is important. They prefer daytime temperatures between 75 - 85 F (24°C to 29°C) , with cooler temperatures at night. Humidity should be maintained at 60 - 70 %.
Amazon Milk Frogs are fed vitamin dusted crickets, waxworms, roaches and mealworms.
experienced frog keepers, wonderfully beautiful frog
flightless fruit flies, insects small crickets
Beautiful Frogs But Need Special Care
The Amazon Milk Frog, or blue milk frog, is a wonderfully beautiful frog for those that love different types of dart frogs. However, these are not beginner frogs. They require specialized set ups for them to thrive, a regular misting, and plenty of space. For those that have experience in successfully keeping dart frogs, this is a great step up.
These frogs are given their name because they secrete a milky like substance when they are stressed out. It is pretty gross, but pretty cool - not that it's cool to stress any frog out.
They are a bit more expensive then some of the other starter frogs out there and they require a steady amount of insects - small crickets, flightless fruit flies, and so on. If you are considering getting some Amazon Milk Frogs, make sure that you read about them first and have a good viv set up for them before you get any.
I recommend these guys for adults only, and only for experienced frog keepers..
From MDWilliams Jun 3 2013 12:38PM
My Amazon milk frog Experiences were good overall
My time with this frog was pretty good overall. It was not particularly easy going and would try to avoid getting picked up at all costs. I was usually able to get a grip on it, but it was far from cooperative like some of my other amphibians.
My Amazon milk frog surpisingly did spend a considerable amount of time moving around/visible during the day, so that sort of makes up for it's misbehaving while being handled.
Would I buy another Milk frog? Probably, but I would like to handle it before I made the purchase. Being able to pet and touch animals makes them much better pets for me.
These milk frogs are easy enough to take care of and don't have a lot of special needs (at least mine didn't). They make decent pets, even though they aren't the prettiest frogs..
From Brooktro May 19 2014 5:29PM