Litoria dentata Click to enlarge image
Bleating Tree Frog 2.17 Image: G A Hoye
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    dentata
    Genus
    Litoria
    Family
    Hylidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    4.5 cm

Introduction

The Bleating Tree Frog sounds more like a cicada than a frog.

Habitat

The Bleating Tree Frog lives in coastal lagoons, ponds and swamps, as well as wet forests, woodlands and heath, but can be very difficult to find.

Distribution

The Bleating Tree Frog is foun in eastern New South Wales and southern Queensland.



Feeding and diet

The Bleating Tree Frog comes out at night to hunt insects and other invertebrates.

Other behaviours and adaptations

During the day the Bleating Tree Frog hides under bark and beneath large stones, its flat shape helping it squeeze through tight gaps. This secretive frog sometimes gets transported in building material and plant pots. It is frequently heard in caravan parks from within drainage pipes.

Communication

The Bleating Tree Frog sounds more like a cicada than a frog. Its call is painfully loud and high-pitched. Calling from the ground, close to water, the high-pitched screeches of the males are usually heard after heavy spring or summer rain.

Breeding behaviours

In late spring and summer, the Bleating Tree Frog comes out at night to spawn. During spawning the females lay small rafts of eggs among vegetation in temporary pools. The eggs hatch quickly into tadpoles that must metamorphose into froglets before the pools dry out.