Australian Red-eyed Tree Frog Click to enlarge image
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria chloris). Image: Jodi Rowley
© Jodi Rowley

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

The Red-eyed Tree Frog is one of eastern Australia's most colourful frogs.

Identification

Despite its prominent red eyes and bright green back the Red-eyed Tree Frog is less often seen than its relative, the Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea).

Habitat

Red-eyed Tree Frogs live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath and wetlands.

Distribution

Red-eyed Tree Frogs are found in eastern Australia north of mid-New South Wales.



Feeding and diet

The Red-eyed Tree Frog has nocturnal habits, feeding only at night on moths and other insects.

Communication

The call of the Red-eyed Tree Frog is a 'waa-aa...waa-aa' sound, followed by a soft trill. At close range these frog choruses can be unbearably loud.

Life history cycle

After mating, Red-eyed Tree Frog eggs soon hatch into tadpoles that must metamorphose into froglets before the pools dry out. The tiny froglets are a mustard colour but they turn green later on. They are spectacular acrobats and are capable of catching insects in flight.

Breeding behaviours

The Red-eyed Tree Frog also spends much of its time high in the foliage of trees, coming down only to breed in ground pools.

Breeding usually occurs during the summer months. Males gather around temporary pools following heavy rain and all call together.