Army of free roaming frogs


Newquay Zoo has released 34 milk frogs into the main flight of its Tropical House.


Keepers at the Zoo bred this army of frogs and released 34 of them into the free flight area of the Tropical House. This will allow them to roam over a wider area than they might normally have. And the results are already proving positive.


Milk frogs, more formally known as mission golden eyed tree frogs, originate from the Amazon rainforest in South America, living and breeding exclusively in the canopy as high as 100 feet above ground - making the humid, two-storey Tropical House the perfect environment for them.


Senior keeper Gareth O’Dare has been working with these frogs since 2009 and has bred 300 in total, many now in zoos across the country. The species, although not difficult to keep, has proved difficult to breed for many other collections, as the species has complex husbandry needs and diet. 


Living on a diet of crickets and locusts, the Newquay Zoo frogs appear to be thriving in their new environment. Gareth and the team hope to be releasing more frogs bred at the Zoo into the main flight in due course. It’s not quite a Biblical plague, but it’s a lot of frogs…


Male milk frogs are smaller than females, rarely growing larger than 2.5 inches long, while females can reach up to 4 inches. Juveniles are sharply patterned with black and white banding, while as adults they have distinct brown and green bands. They are particularly fast jumpers, with large toe pads and big feet for climbing. Milk frogs are able to stick to a multitude of surfaces, like the lemur leaf frogs which can also be seen at the Zoo.


So, next time you’re at Newquay Zoo, look out for the frogs! Newquay Zoo is a registered charity. For more information go to or ring 01637 873 342.

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