Northern Amazon region of South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela)
Humid, rain-forest canopy, near slow-moving streams
Wild: Medium-sized insects and other arthropods and invertebrates
Zoo: Live crickets and appropriately sized food items 3x weekly
Tadpoles hatch in one day; larval stage is approximately three weeks
Clutch size: 2,000 eggs
The frog is rather large for a tree frog, about 2.5-inches in length. Its body is light blue, blue-green or gray with black and brown banding covered with white and dark spots and bumps. As juveniles their patterning is more contrasting and then fades some with age.
Behavior: The frog is nocturnal and lives in the rain-forest canopy. They often breed in tree cavities and seldom descend to the ground.
Reproduction: Breeding takes place between November and May (the rainy season). The male frog externally fertilizes a clutch of about 2,000 eggs in a gelatinous mass floating in water. The egg mass may also be deposited in water trapped in a tree cavity or in the centers of bromeliads. Eggs hatch in about one day, and metamorphosis from tadpole to juvenile adult takes about three weeks.
Did You Know?
The species is also known as the Amazonian milk frog, the Amazon milk tree frog, and the milky frog.
The scientific name was formerly Phrynohyas resinifictrix.