White’s Tree Frog

Litoria caerulea

But It's Not White...

The White's tree frog is green above with a light color on its underside. It is named not for its color, but for the scientist who first discovered it.

About the Species

The white's tree frog is a common species, often seen near human dwellings.

White's tree frogs are great climbers, spending the majority of their time in the trees. They have large, sticky adhesive pads on their feet. These frogs are great at surviving in dry conditions. They will cover themselves in mucous to prevent from drying out.

Words From the Experts

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When caring for these guys, special care must be taken to wear gloves any time you might come in contact with their skin. All amphibians have permeable skin that can absorb elements from their environment. This includes anything that could be on our hands, such as lotions or medications.

Erin

Did You Know?

The secretions of the skin of this species has been used in medicinal research. Scientists discovered that the secretion fights off Staphylococcus bacterial infections and herpes virus cold sores.

Facts

Origin

Australia, New Guinea

Habitat

Usually forested areas, but found near human habitation frequently

Size

3-5 inches, females are larger

Diet

Invertebrates and small vertebrates such as other frogs

Predators

Birds, small mammals, snakes

Natural Defenses

Good climber

Reproduction

Females will lay up to 300 eggs at a time, and can lay two clutches in one season

Status

Least Concern

Life Expectancy

Over 10 years

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