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White’s Tree Frog

Scientific Name: Litoria caerulea

Range: Native to Australia and New Guinea

Habitat: Warm tropical environments. Generally found in trees. Often found near human habitations.

Diet: Insects like crickets, earthworms, and sometimes small mice

Life Span: Up to 23 years in captivity, but much shorter in the wild

Description: On average, they are 4 inches (10.2 cm) long, and tend to look very fat and flabby. Females have been found up to 5 ½ (13.9 cm)inches long, and are larger than the males. They have smooth green skin which appears to be folded due to its tendency to be obese. The rubbery skin helps them to retain water. Occasionally it will change colors to brown, and sometimes they have white spots all over their bodies. They have large toes, and very sticky toe pads which help them climb and cling to braches and trees. Nostrils and eyes are located on the tops of their heads so they can see and breathe when they are submerged.

Family Life: They breed in the summer. The males call to the females using a harsh barking call. A female may lay 200-300 eggs that will hatch within 24 hours. Tadpoles take four to five weeks to metamorphose into froglets. Young frogs take 4 to 5 months to reach adult size. A female may lay two batches of eggs each season.

Status in the Wild: Not endangered at present time. They have recently entered the pet trade, and are being taken out of their native habitat for this purpose as well as for captive breeding programs.

Nature Notes: They are nocturnal animals which remain inactive during the day resting motionless on leaves or other vertical surfaces. Their loose skin actually allows them to take in large amounts of water when it's available. Named for the scientist that discovered him.




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