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Peron’s Tree Frog

Litoria peroni

Peron’s Tree Frog
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Peron’s Tree Frog • Litoria peroni


Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peroni) © Katrina 2003.

Also known as the Peron’s Tree Frog, Emerald-spotted Tree Frog or the Maniacal Cackle Frog (Victoria) due to its distinctive call, the adult frog frequent wet and dry forest, woodlands, shrublands and open areas. They are known to travel long distances from and to water where they spawn during the breeding seasons. They spawn in swamps, dams, streamside ponds and lagoons.
 

Distinguishing characteristic
The tadpoles are pale golden-yellow to iridescent green. Adults have a bright yellow or orange with marbled dark brown to black mottling on armpits, groin, and backs of thighs. Colour varies according to environmental conditions, sometimes varying in the same individual and has the ability to change colour.

By day the Peron’s Tree Frog is usually a pale grey-green colour that can changes to reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. You can sometimes see the  emerald green flecks (sometimes indistinct) during the day, scattered on the back.

Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peroni) © Katrina 2003.They have a cross-shaped pupil and a silver iris. The fingers are half webbed, toes are fully webbed.

Distribution
New South Wales, southern Queensland and northern Victoria.

Call
Male frogs call from near water with a call that is very long and drawn out, slowly pulsed and increasing in loudness - ‘cra-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhk’. You can hear the frog for yourself at:

To see more images of the Peron’s Tree Frog, click here...

Author: Katrina. Photos: Katrina Leel © 2004
Source: Australian Museum Online - Wildlife of Sydney, Peron’s Tree Frog Fact File;
Amphibian Research Centre - Litoria peron; Environment Protection Authority - Peron’s Tree Frog

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Litoria
Species: L. peroni

Other links - Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peroni)

Environment Protection Authority Frogs of South Australia
Some info on the Peron’s Tree Frog.
Wildlife of Sydney • Australian Museum Online
See the Peron’s Tree Frog Fact File.
Amphibian Research Centre Email
Dedicated to research and conservation of Australia’s unique frogs. Includes some info on the Litoria peron in Victoria.
Wikipedia
Has information on the Peron's Tree Frog.
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