Animal Species:Fletcher's Frog

This frog was given its alternate common name because of the male's rough sandpapery skin when in breeding condition.

Fletcher's Frog, Lechriodus fletcheri

Robert W Jenkins © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Fletcher's Frog

Alternative Name/s

Sandpaper Frog

Identification

Fletcher's Frog named after the Australian zoologist,

Size range

5 cm

Distribution

The Fletcher's Frog is found in eastern Queensland and New South Wales.

Habitat

The Fletcher's Frog lives in moist forests, usually close to pools and streams, but is rarely seen except in the summer breeding season.

Communication

The purring call of courting male Fletcher's Frogs is quite distinctive, lasts about a second and sounds like 'gar-r-r-up'.

Mating and reproduction

The tadpoles of Fletcher's Frogs are cannibalistic, with the weaker, smaller ones becoming prey for their larger siblings.

Danger to humans and first aid

The Fletcher's Frog also produces a powerful skin toxin, so wash your hands after touching one

Classification

Species:
fletcheri
Genus:
Lechriodus
Family:
Myobatrachidae
Order:
Anura
Subclass:
Lissamphibia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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