Mission golden-eyed tree frog

Golden-eyed frog, Panda treefrog, Blue-milk frog -so many cute names for such a poisonous animal!

Egor Kamelev

This frog is known by various intriguing names, adding to its mystique in the world of amphibians. While they are commonly referred to as Mission golden-eyed tree frogs, they are also recognized as Amazon milk frogs due to their association with the rainforest, which is often called the “Amazon,” and their milk-like toxin secretion.

These frogs are expert tree-dwellers, predominantly inhabiting the canopy of the lush rainforest. They are rarely found on the forest floor, as they prefer the heights of the trees.

Mission golden-eyed tree frogs are opportunistic predators, consuming a diet that consists of anything they can catch and swallow, much like their fellow frog species. Their diet primarily comprises insects, which are abundant in the canopy.

A unique feature of these frogs is their milky secretion, which gives them their “milk frog” moniker. When under stress or threatened, these frogs exude a milky toxin from their skin. This secretion serves as a defense mechanism against potential predators, deterring them with its noxious properties. This defensive adaptation is where the “milk” in their common name originates, serving as a reminder of the remarkable adaptations that help these frogs survive in the complex and diverse ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bolivia
2008
Brazil
2008
Colombia
2008
Ecuador
2008
French Guiana
2008
Guyana
2008
Presence Uncertain
Peru
2008
Suriname
2008
Venezuela
2008

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No