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Amazon Milk Frog

Amazon Milk Frog
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Copyright: Chris Harrison (chrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-13
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-15 22:54
Viewed: 6115
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Amazon Milky Frog (Phrynohyas resinifictrix) is certainly one of the more photogenic of the new world Hylid frogs. I was lucky to get a chance to photograph this captive specimen at a reptile and amphibian expo in San Antonio, Texas. This striking coloration is typical of juveniles only, adults fade to a less contrasty gray and brown.

Frogs is this genus secrete copious milky white toxins from their skins when handled (I have a picture at http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v689/charrison/Panama/Herps/phrynohyashand.jpg that shows what happens after just a few seconds of handling its congener P. venulosa). These toxins are secreted to deter would-be predators. They are poisonous and undoubtedly give the frog a very bad taste as well as making them unpleasant to handle.

The common name and specific epithet of this species reflect those secretions (resinifictrix = "resin maker").

These young captive frogs didn't offer that sort of defensive response, thank goodness. Unlike a lot of other frogs, many of the tropical treefrogs are quite patient and tolerant of having their photos taken and pose quite nicely!


This photo was taken at the expo with the frog sitting on a plant in a vase on a table. I used a KM 3600 HS-D flash on camera with a Stofen Omni-bounce diffuser.
The image was cropped slightly, resized, and a little USM was applied in PS Elements before the border was added.
It was really intended to show the striking colors of the frog and wasn't intended as to look like a field shot.

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What a special and unusual colorful frog.
Excellent picture Chris

P.S. You can use up to 800 pixels max, so picture would be bigger :-)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-11-16 3:04]

Nice shot.
I like how the frog is looking at you.
Nice colours.
Great composition

Great shot and he is very photogenic. Great colours and nice composition.

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  • Circe Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 4 N: 22] (86)
  • [2005-11-16 7:05]

Saludos Chris, me encanta poder admirar ranas tan extrañas como esta, completa e interesante nota y gran trabajo en general.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-16 7:11]

Un beau spécimen aux couleurs originales. Félicitations pour la netteté et l'éclairage.

Merci pour l'envoie!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-11-16 10:03]

Photogenic this little guy certainly is! You have demonstrated this well.
Nicely seen and captured with an excellent note.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-17 2:51]

What a pretty frog, Chris. The details are very sharp, the colors are beautiful. You caught him in a great POV. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-12-21 13:01]

Hi Chris
What a strange looking frog, well positionned and exposed. Thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-15 21:06]

Chris, an excellent job.

I like colors, saturation and sharpness.

Great use of flash, great post-process.


Great capture Chris!
Wonderul colors, details and sharpnes!
Splendid amphibian!

i like this shot....
i hug

Hi Chris,
Superb close up shot. Sharp and neat. Nice PoV. Nicely composed picture. Well done.

Ben Lakitan

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  • swarg Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 3 N: 21] (373)
  • [2007-06-28 1:54]

Great shot, I like these little critters.

Check our some of my Frog shots - Frog on the web etc

Hello Chris,
A milky frog, the name is really fantastic for this amazing creature! And really good! :>
According to the picture I have to say that there are a lot of things which I like in this presentation. They are:

1. composition - very nice clouse up, but fortunatelly we can easy see all important details of frog's body

2. colouration - colours are well saturated, vivid and beauty (even if the species is not very colourful tones make a great mosaic on amphibian's skin)

3. sharpness and DOF - just correct, all details perfectly visible

4. note - informative and interestive, just like every note should be

So summarizing - very interesting presentation of poorly known creature. I am waiting for the next pictures from your collection! :)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-16 23:20]

Hello Chris,
a very sharp and clear shot of this unique frog,. Beautifully rendered with nice posture and diagonally across the frame.
Great sharpness and excellent details that highlight the beauty of this amphibia. Enlightening notes of great help to me. Really cute


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