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Fun Facts About Amazon Milk Frogs

  • Amazon milk frog
    Amazon milk frogs (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) are found in the tropical rainforests of South America. Populations are widespread in Guyana, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
  • Amazon milk frog
    These amphibians received the name "milk frog" from the sticky white substance they secrete through their skin when threatened. This substance is poisonous to potential predators.
  • Amazon milk frog
    Milk frogs are arboreal, and spend their lives in trees and other plants. Milk frogs have special toe-pads on their feet to help them climb plants. They can hold up to 14 times the animal's body weight!
  • Amazon milk frog
    In the wild, the milk frog's diet consists of insects and other small invertebrates. At the Zoo, they feast on crickets.

Where are they from?

Amazon milk frogs (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) are found in the tropical rainforests of South America. Populations are widespread in Guyana, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

What's in a name?

These amphibians received the name "milk frog" from the sticky white substance they secrete through their skin when threatened. This substance is poisonous to potential predators.

Feats of Strength

Milk frogs are arboreal, and spend their lives in trees and other plants. Milk frogs have special toe-pads on their feet to help them climb plants. They can hold up to 14 times the animal's body weight!

What do they eat?

In the wild, the milk frog's diet consists of insects and other small invertebrates. At the Zoo, they feast on crickets.

Where can I see Amazon milk frogs at the Zoo?

See these frogs and other amazing rainforest species at the Amazonia exhibit. Look for them in the field station.