White’s tree frog

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Common Name:
White’s tree frog
Scientific Name:
Litoria caerulea
Size: 13-14 cm long
Weight: 250 grams
Amphibians
Carnivores
Native to Oceania
Temperate Forest and Taiga

Conservation Status

Not Evaluated

White’s tree frogs are also known as “dumpy frogs” or “smiling frogs” due to their appearance.  They are often kept as pets as they are quite happy to be (carefully) handled.  However, they do have a toxin on their skin which can cause irritation if hands are not washed thoroughly immediately after handling.

Tree frogs have few natural predators, just snakes, some lizards and birds.  However, in more opulated areas, domestic dogs and cats do pose a threat to the placid amphibians.

White’s tree frogs originate from Australia and New Guinea and can grow to 5 inches in length.  They tend to be quite inactive most of the time, preferring to sit quietly and observe their surroundings.

These amenable frogs have a long lifespan of up to 15 years in the wild and have been known to live up to 21 years in captivity.

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