Milk Frog

Size: Up to 4 inches
Habitat/Range: The canopy of primary rainforests of northern South America


Visit Frog Alley in KidZone, Zone C to come face to face with a variety of interesting amphibian species, including Amazon milk frogs. The name “milk frog” comes from the poisonous white secretion this frog produces when threatened. Milk frogs are a light gray color with brown and black banding. Juveniles will show a stronger contrast in colors which will fade as they mature. Like most frogs, male milk frogs are smaller than females. They are also nocturnal and arboreal. In addition, milk frogs have developed sticky pads on their toes that aid them in climbing on leaves and trees. Reproduction usually occurs between November and May. A female will lay a clutch of about 2,000 eggs and the male will care for the eggs until they hatch. Once the eggs have hatched, the tadpoles will take approximately 3 weeks to metamorphosize into their juvenile form.