Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) Click to enlarge image
A large species of frog reaching up to 7 cm in body length. It has a grey or light brown back, with or without darker mottling, and several to many tiny emerald-green spots. There is a thin black line along the skin fold from behind the eye to the top of the arm. The belly is cream coloured, and the male has a yellow throat. The pupil appears crossed-shaped and the iris is silver. The thighs are bright yellow, with black patches. Fingers are half webbed and toes are fully webbed, both with large discs. Image: Jodi Rowley
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

This is a common tree frog of the Sydney area.

Identification

The Peron's Tree Frog has the ability to quickly change colour. By day it is usually a pale green-grey colour that changes to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. It also has bright black and yellow markings on its thighs. It has a cross-shaped pupil and a silver iris.



Habitat

The Peron's Tree Frog lives in most forest habitats but will also forage for food in open grassland and other open areas.

Distribution

The Peron's Tree Frog is found in northern Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.



Communication

The Peron's Tree Frog has a drill-like call, which has also been described as a 'maniacal cackle'.

Breeding behaviours

The Peron's Tree Frog breeds in temporary pools, dams and ditches and sometimes tries to breed in suburban fish ponds.