Animal Species:Green Tree Frog

The Green Tree Frog is a familiar frog to many Australians and is the most popular species of pet frog overseas.

Green Tree Frog

G A Hoye © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Green Tree Frog

Identification

Green Tree Frogs are one of the largest Australian frogs. The scientific name caerulea means 'blue', which was the colour of the specimen that arrived in London in 1790. The alcohol preservation may have altered the frog's true colour, fooling the early scientists. Nevertheless sometimes blue individuals are found that lack the yellow pigment and, much more rarely, yellow individuals that lack the blue pigment.

Size range

12 cm

Distribution

Green Tree Frogs are one of the most widespread of Australia's amphibians, found in all states except Victoria and Tasmania.

Habitat

Green Tree Frogs live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, wetlands and heath. They have a habit of taking up residence in and around suburban houses, around shower blocks and water tanks.

Feeding and Diet

Green Tree Frogs sometimes sit beneath outside lights at night to catch insects that are attracted to the light, but they are also capable of taking larger prey on the ground, including mice. They have also been recorded catching bats around cave entrances.

Communication

The call of a Green Tree Frog  is like a 'crawk...crawk....crawk'.

Conservation Status

The Green Tree Frog population, like many frogs, has also suffered a decline over recent years. The species is long-lived and the oldest recorded captive frog died at 23 years of age. Because of this longevity the population decline went unnoticed for several years. Adults are still seen and heard regularly but young frogs are becoming scarce.

Classification

Species:
caerulea
Genus:
Litoria
Family:
Hylidae
Order:
Anura
Subclass:
Lissamphibia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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