Litoria fallax Click to enlarge image
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Dungog 2.21 Image: Greg Little
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

This little frog is usually a green colour but it can change colour to be brown or a mix of the two colours.

Identification

The Eastern Sedgefrog's changing colouration gives it excellent camouflage in the vegetation of swamps or dams where it hunts.

Habitat

Eastern Sedgefrog live in wetlands.

Distribution

The Eastern Sedgefrog is found from New South Wales to Cape York, Queensland.



Other behaviours and adaptations

The Eastern Sedgefrog is active both day and night, spending much of its time in the vegetation, occasionally lunging out to take mosquitoes and other flying insects.

Communication

Like many tree frogs, you are more likely to hear Eastern Sedgefrog's than see them. Visit any wetland around Sydney, particularly from October to April, and you will probably hear the 'reek...pip, reek...pip...pip' sound of the male Eastern Sedgefrog calling for a mate.

Economic impacts

The Eastern Sedgefrog sometimes appears in green grocer shops having travelled in lettuces from market gardens.