The Amazon rain forest is home to many attractive and unique species. It’s trees and canopy are home to the Amazonian Milk Frog, also known as Panda Bear Tree Frog. This unique and exotic specie performs incredible gymnastic feats and usually sleep during the day. Keep reading to learn more about this amazing frog
Its peculiar 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. On the other hand, its alternative name, the Panda Bear Tree Frog due to the contrasting black and white coloration of juveniles.
Amazon milk frogs are found in the tropical rainforests of South America, mainly in the Amazon Rainforest. However, they are widespread in Guyana, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, as they are commonly found in captivity. They often inhabit vegetation which extends over permanent, slow-moving water sources, such as rivers or lakes.
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. Which allow them to perform incredible gymnastic feats. Also, they can hold up to 14 times the animal’s body weight! That’s like an average American man holding a Honda Civic with his toes.
Adults eat almost any insect they can overpower and swallowed in one piece. At Zoos, crickets make up a large portion of the diet, along with flies, cockroaches, and earthworms. As they doesn’t have predators, thanks to the poison in the skin, they can survive 25 years in the wild. Captive milk frogs have been known to live for 8 years or more, depending the environmental conditions provided.
Milk frogs are nocturnal animals, so they generally remain asleep during the day and become active at night. Due to their very large vocal sac the males are capable of producing extremely loud calls, during mating season. Mating season of Amazon milk frogs takes place during the rainy season (from November to May) and females lay about 2.000 eggs in the body of water they reside in. The tadpoles hatch already after one day. After only three further weeks metamorphosis is completed.
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