Amazon Milk Frog
Welcome to the care guide for Amazon Milk Frogs! These beautiful and unique frogs are native to the tropical rainforests of South America and are a popular choice among both novice and experienced amphibian enthusiasts. Scientifically known as Trachycephalus resinifictrix, Amazon Milk Frogs are aptly named for the white, milky toxin secreted from their skin when threatened. In their natural habitat, these frogs inhabit the upper levels of the rainforest canopy and can be found perched on large leaves or tree branches. This care guide will provide you with all the essential information you need to ensure your Amazon Milk Frog thrives and remains healthy in its enclosure.
Amazon Milk Frog Care
Amazon Milk Frogs require a specialized environment to thrive. Milk frogs make a great frog for paludarium set ups. This includes a tall terrarium with plenty of branches and foliage for climbing and hiding, as well as a large water area. An 18x18x24 or 30 gallon enclosure can house 2 to 4 adult frogs. The temperature should be kept between 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit with an 80-85 degree Fahrenheit basking area. Always use a thermostat when adding heat to your frog. The humidity should be kept high around 60-90% with regular misting. UVB is not required but definitely recommended (ZooMed T5 5.0 or Arcadia Shade dweller). Monitor temperature with a temperature gauge and monitor humidity with a hydrometer. They are insectivores and should be fed a diet of live insects such as gut loaded crickets, roaches, and worms dusted with vitamin powder.
Milk Frogs as Pets
Milk Frogs should be handled occasionally, but it's important to thoroughly wash your hands before and after interacting with them to avoid transferring any harmful bacteria. It's also important to avoid handling them too frequently as they can become stressed and the toxins may cause some irritation on your skin. As a final note, Amazon Milk Frogs are unique and fascinating pets and can make great additions to any frog enthusiast's collection but recommended for keepers with some experience. Breeders haven't exactly “cracked the code” with this species yet so babies are available sporadically - A definite step in the right direction!