Green Leaf Tree Frog Click to enlarge image
Litoria phyllochroa Image: Mark Semeniuk
© Mark Semeniuk

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    phyllochroa
    Genus
    Litoria
    Family
    Hylidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    4 cm

Introduction

This attractive little frog was once quite common around Sydney but has declined in recent years, possibly as a result of water-quality changes.

Identification

The Leaf Green Tree Frog is usually an olive green colour with a pale yellow or gold stripe running down its side, but these colours are variable between frogs. To complicate matters further, the frog can change colour at will from green to almost black to match its surrounding environment.

Habitat

The Leaf Green Tree Frog lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath. It can sometimes be seen sitting on leaves of creek-side shrubs during the day.

Distribution

Leaf Green Tree Frogs are found along the Queensland coast, New South Wales coast and Victorian coast.



Communication

At night, between October and March, male Leaf Green Tree Frogs can be heard calling from the ground or hidden in waterside vegetation. They make an 'erk...erk...erk' sound.