Animal Species:Eastern Sedgefrog

This little frog is usually a green colour but it can change colour to be brown or a mix of the two colours.

Eastern Sedgefrog, Litoria fallax

G Little © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Eastern Sedgefrog

Alternative Name/s

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog

Identification

The Eastern Sedgefrog's changing colouration gives it excellent camouflage in the vegetation of swamps or dams where it hunts.

Size range

2.5 cm

Distribution

The Eastern Sedgefrog is found from New South Wales to Cape York, Queensland.

Habitat

Eastern Sedgefrog live in wetlands.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Eastern Sedgefrog is active both day and night, spending much of its time in the vegetation, occasionally lunging out to take mosquitoes and other flying insects.

Communication

Like many tree frogs, you are more likely to hear Eastern Sedgefrog's than see them. Visit any wetland around Sydney, particularly from October to April, and you will probably hear the 'reek...pip, reek...pip...pip' sound of the male Eastern Sedgefrog calling for a mate.

Economic/social impacts

The Eastern Sedgefrog sometimes appears in green grocer shops having travelled in lettuces from market gardens.

Classification

Species:
fallax
Genus:
Litoria
Family:
Hylidae
Order:
Anura
Subclass:
Lissamphibia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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