A widely dispersed frog that can be found living in a range of
habitats from the coastal regions, tropical regions, through to the arid regions
in Central Australia. They have been found in the northern parts of Western
Australia, Northern Territory, the north-east corner of South Australia,
Queensland and the northern parts of New South Wales.
Because of the wide distribution and habitat, the Desert Tree Frog can be found,
breeding annually, during the tropical wet season or summer, or if they
are in the arid desert regions, they will breed whenever rain occurs.
Males will call from the ground within a few metres of the water. They lay
anywhere between 40 to 300 eggs, deposited as a film floating on the surface.
The tadpoles are of medium size and translucent with dark brown patches. Some
environmental situations, such as the tadpoles living in a small amount of
water, which would naturally heat to higher temperatures, would trigger the
tadpoles to develop at a faster rate, developing into adults frogs within 14
The frog has a harsh loud sound, with a distinctly pulsed note, similar tothe
screech of a seagull.