Dainty Green Tree Frog

A Dainty Green Tree Frog about to jump into water from a log

Scientific Name: Litoria gracilenta

Size: Total Length 4 cm

What does it look like?

Colouration above varies from light to dark green, with a yellow stripe that extends along the head from the nostril, above the eye and onto the body. The back of the Dainty Green Tree Frog is slightly rough, made up of granular, tiny warty bumps or protrusions. Back of thigh is usually blue or maroon. Underparts yellow to orange.

Where is it found?

Found across north-eastern Australia from Sydney, NSW extending north to the Cooktown, QLD. Often found outside of its natural range by travelling in fruit shipments.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Dainty Green Tree Frog uses small water bodies, both natural and artificial, including roadside ditches and dams, as well as ephemeral pools beside rivers and creeks. It feeds on invertebrates. The male’s call, a drawn-out ‘wahh that lasts about a second and is repeated for extended periods, is given from trees and shrubs surrounding the water, particularly after rain, in spring to early autumn. Tadpoles transform into frogs about 8 weeks after hatching.

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This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Frogs of Australia

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