Amazon Milk Frogs

Care Sheet provided by Dart Frog Heaven

Amazon milk frogs are marked in a vivid black and white banded pattern when they are juveniles. As they mature, the colors muddle a bit and the black becomes lighter, while the white becomes more gray. Breeding these frogs can be somewhat of a challenge, but advances have been made within the past few years yielding successful breeding programs. Because of this, the once relatively rare Amazon Milk Frog is becoming more and more readily available to hobbyists. The milk frog name originated from their ability to secrete a white milky toxin from their skin in response to stress or predation.

Size
Around 3″, with males being slightly smaller than females.

Lifespan
These frogs can live for a long time under the right conditions. Frogs living to be 20+ years old is not uncommon.

Diet
Milk frogs will take larger prey than some other tree frogs. Small crickets, mealworms, and wax worms are all suitable foods and should be given in rotation. Wax worms should be offered sparingly since they are very high in fat content and limited in nutritional value. These frogs can be fed every other day, with about 4 or 5 crickets or mealworms. As with most amphibians, supplementation and dusting their food is recommended to ensure vitamin and nutrition requirements are met.

Temperature
74-78°F in the day, 70°F at night is ideal.

Humidity
65-70% humidity is fine for these frogs. They aren’t as picky as some other tree frogs.

Habitat
A standard 20 gallon tank is suitable for 2-3 frogs. They are tree frogs, so reproducing an arboreal environment is ideal. Overhanging branches, places to climb, and live plants will really make these little guys feel right at home. A substrate should be used such as coco husk or coco mixed with peat. Under the substrate layer, a layer of LECA can be used to collect the water that drains through the substrate. A water feature is not required, but a small and shallow water dish with clean water is recommended.

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