Animal Species:Rocket Frog

The Rocket Frog gets its name from its long pointed snout, but it could equally have got it for its impressive leaping ability.

Rocket Frog, Litoria nasuta

GE Schmida © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Rocket Frog

Identification

The Rocket Frog's legs are extremely long and allow them to leap farther than most other frogs of the same size. Leaps of over 4 m are not uncommon.

Size range

5 cm

Distribution

Rocket Frogs are found in northern Australia and eastern Australia as far south as Sydney. Sydney is close to the most southerly extent of the Rocket Frog's range, as this frog is adapted to the hot weather of the tropics.

Habitat

The Rocket Frog lives in open forests and swamps, usually close to streams and ponds.

Communication

The male Rocket Frogs can be heard calling after spring and summer rains when they make a rapid yapping or 'wik...wik...wik' sound.

Life cycle

Female Rocket Frogs lay their eggs in a raft on the water surface where they float in a coat of jelly-like material before the tadpoles hatch into the water.

Classification

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

What does this mean?


Last Updated:

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