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The Zoo Welcomes Nine Amazon Milk Frogs

Amazon milk frog

Posted March 2020

The Milwaukee County Zoo is happy to welcome nine Amazon milk frogs from the Nashville Zoo. This is the first time these frogs have been exhibited at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The frog gets its name from the white sticky "milk" it secretes from the parotid glands as a defense against predators. This "milk" is an irritant and will cause predators to drop the frogs instead of eating them.

The frogs can be found in the former Piranha habitat which was renovated, by our Zoo staff, for the frogs. Their habitat is filled with hiding spots and an integrated mister system. (The piranhas can now be seen in the African Lakes habitat.)

When the Zoo reopens, stop by the Aquatic and Reptile Center and see if you can find all nine!