Mission Golden-Eyed Tree Frog

Trachycephalus Resinifictrix

Scientific Name

Mission Golden-Eyed Tree Frog:  
Trachycephalus Resinifictrix

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Mission Golden-EyedTree Frogs are found in the rainforests of Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, & Venezuela, South America.

Natural Habitat

Mission Golden-Eyed Tree Frogs live high in the canopy of South America’s humid tropical rainforests, rarely descending to the ground.

Physical Characteristics

  • Mission Golden-Eyed Tree Frogs are light grayish in color with beautiful patterns of brown or black banding. Juveniles show stronger patterns, which fade as they age. Their skin also becomes bumpier with age. The females are larger than the males, ranging from 2.5-4 inches in length. 

  • They have large disc pads on their toes, used for climbing, and their long snouts are used for pushing leaves aside. Males also have visible lateral vocal sacs, and call loudly to females. The name “Milk Frog” refers to the poisonous, white secretion this frog may use when threatened. Lifespan in the wild has not been reported, but in captivity it has been reported they can live up to 20 years.

Quick Facts

  1. They are one of the relatively few frogs that breed in water-filled tree holes, enabling them to complete their life cycle entirely in the canopy layer, never having to come down to the ground.

  2. Also called “Milk Frog”, the name refers to the poisonous, white secretion they use for protection.

  3. Females will lay about 2,500 eggs, which will hatch into tadpoles in one or two days.


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Mission Golden-Eyed Tree Frog is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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