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Housing: a glass terrarium of at least 450x450x600mm
Heating: ambient air temperature of 75oF
UVB Lighting: 5.0 UVB fluorescent tube or compact lamp
Diet: carnivorous diet of insects
Decoration: damp substrate to raise humidity levels to 70-80%
Amazon milk frogs do well with a glass terrarium as their enclosure. This is because glass is great at allowing heat to escape ensuring that the enclosure stays cool enough. Other enclosures such as wooden vivariums are far too efficient at retaining heat.
The amazon milk frog's vivarium should be at least 450mm in length and 600mm in height. There are 2 main reasons for this; firstly the amazon milk frog is going to grow to around 4" so they need a space large enough for them to move around in. Secondly they are an arboreal frog so they need an enclosure with enough height for them to climb.
Amazon milk frogs require a near constant air temperature of 75oF on the warm side of the enclosure. This is best achieved by sticking a large heatmat on one side of the glass enclosure. This heatmat is regulated using a thermostat to make sure the temperature doesn't exceed 75oF.
As the glass is only being heated on one side this also creates a small temperature gradient within the enclosure allowing the frog to warm itself up or move away to cool down.
If the enclosure is not able to get up to temperature with the heat mat alone a small basking bulb may be implemented in the canopy as long as the temperatures do not exceed 75oF.
Amazon milk frogs are arboreal frogs from the northern side of South America. Animals that inhabit jungle regions do have some natural cover but still receive a fair amount of UV. Their UVB source should reflect this. In this kind of enclosure lights are generally held in a canopy above the mesh ceiling. In this canopy you can either implement a 5-6% UV tube or the equivelant compact light.
Amazon milk frogs require UVB in order to synthesise vitamin D3 inside their skin. The vitamin D3 helps the frog to absorb calcium which crucial for bone structure and growth. This is why reptiles can suffer from metabolic bone disease (MBD) when not provided with adequate UVB.
It is recommended that t5 tubes are replaced every 9-12 months and compact lamps are replaced every 6 months.
Amazon milk frogs should be kept on a slightly moist substrate to increase the humidity inside the vivarium. Whilst any loose substrate has the potential to be accidentally swallowed, we have found this to not be a problem with coarse orchid bark and that is what we keep our amazon milk frogs on. It is also very easy to clean. If the humidity is not high enough with just this substrate we would recommend adding a small amount of moss to the enclosure.
Amazon milk frogs are an arboreal frog and they do like to climb on top of things to survey their surroundings. The terrarium should be decorated with various pieces of wood or vine to enable them to do this.
The milk frogs vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants for a more natural look. Natural wood ornaments look very effective and also provide further perches for the frogs. Trailing plants are very good at disguising electrical wires and equipment, as well as providing cover for young amphibians
Amazon milk frogs are carnivores and have a diet consisting of mainly livefoods. The core of the livefood diet should be high in protien and relatively easy to digest. We have found that brown crickets are the most readily accepted, but you can also use black crickets or locusts (hoppers). On occasion, for variation you can offer other bugs such as mealworms, waxworms or calciworms.
The vivarium should be misted with water every morning to provide hydration. A water bowl may also be introduced as a source of freshwater.
To provide the amazon milk frog with optimal nutrition and to keep them in the best of health, they will require diet supplementation in the form of calcium, vitamins and minerals. These are most commonly available as powders
Any livefood for the gocko should be 'gut-loaded' with an insect food. This basically involves feeding the livefood a nutrient rich diet before they are fed to the amazon milk frog. Our livefood is delivered to you already gut-loaded but this should be continued at home.
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