Verreaux's Tree Frog (Litoria verreauxii) Click to enlarge image
Image: Stephen Mahony
© Stephen Mahony

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

Verreaux's Tree Frog shows a great variety of colours and patterns across its range, but there are two main forms, the lowland and the highland.

Identification

The lowland form of Verreaux's Tree Frog is usually brown with black and yellow sides, and the mountain form is usually bright green with brown stripes.

Habitat

Verreaux's Tree Frog is highly adaptable, living in a variety of habitats from mountain forests to coastal heath and open grasslands, often breeding in water-filled ditches.

Distribution

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



Communication

The male Verreaux's Tree Frogs can be heard calling in the winter when other frogs are quiet. The call is a whirring, chirping 'weep...weep...weep...weep', increasing and then decreasing in volume.

Life history cycle

Female Verreaux's Tree Frogs lay their eggs in ponds, sticking them in clumps to underwater vegetation.

Breeding behaviours

Verreaux's Tree Frog is unusual because breeding seems to occur all year round.