Uperoleia laevigata Click to enlarge image
Smooth Toadlet u000d 38.7 Image: G A Hoye
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    laevigata
    Genus
    Uperoleia
    Family
    Myobatrachidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3.2 cm

Introduction

The Smooth Toadlet is a small greeny brown frog with darker spots and blotches on its back and legs

Identification

Despite its name, the Smooth Toadlet does have a warty back, but less so than other toadlets. Its most recognisable features are a prominent pale triangular patch on top of its head, and bright red or orange patches on its groin and behind its knees.

Habitat

The Smooth Toadlet lives in dry forests and woodlands, and in grassy areas that temporarily flood.

Distribution

The Smooth Toadlet is found in northern Victoria, eastern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland.



Seasonality

The best time to hear the Smooth Toadlet is during the September to November mating season

Communication

The call the male Smooth Toadlets make is a squelching sound. They are easy to hear but quite difficult to find because they usually call from among thick tussocks of grass or other vegetation.

Breeding behaviours

Female Smooth Toadlets lay their eggs in shallow water from which small (2.2 cm), dark brown tadpoles hatch.

Predators

All the Uperoleia species have a series of prominent poison glands on their back to deter predators.

Danger to humans

Smooth Toadlets are harmless to humans, as long as you don't put them in your mouth.