Animal Species:Peron's Tree Frog

This is a common tree frog of the Sydney area.

Peron's Tree Frog, Litoria peronii

D&V Blagden © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Peron's Tree Frog

Identification

The Peron's Tree Frog has the ability to quickly change colour. By day it is usually a pale green-grey colour that changes to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. It also has bright black and yellow markings on its thighs. It has a cross-shaped pupil and a silver iris.

Size range

5 cm

Similar Species

Tyler's Tree Frog (Litoria tyleri) is similar-looking but has a golden iris.

Distribution

The Peron's Tree Frog is found in northern Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Habitat

The Peron's Tree Frog lives in most forest habitats but will also forage for food in open grassland and other open areas.

Communication

The Peron's Tree Frog has a drill-like call, which has also been described as a 'maniacal cackle'.

Mating and reproduction

The Peron's Tree Frog breeds in temporary pools, dams and ditches and sometimes tries to breed in suburban fish ponds.

Classification

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

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Tags amphibians, vertebrates, wildlife of sydney, identification, frogs, anurans,

2 comments

blackwod - 4.01 PM, 31 January 2012
These frogs are also in South Australia we go to the River Murray quite often (Morgan) & they are everywhere there...
joel-tremblay - 11.06 PM, 09 June 2009
I always wondered what these pale grey frogs were called - now I know - a "Peron's Tree Frog". Thank you! I have seen these around but have not heard any 'maniacal cackle' :)

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