Distribution: Northern and eastern Australia
Habitat: Large variety of wet habitats including urban areas.
Description: Green Tree Frogs are fairly large. They have smooth, green skin that can change shade. The underbelly is a creamy white and there are scatterings of white spots on its back. Like other tree frogs, the Green Tree Frog has toe discs on the tips of its toes and fingers.
Diet: Green Tree Frogs are carnivores and eat a wide range of invertebrates, including insects and worms.
In the wild: These frogs live a solitary existence and come together only at mating time. At this time, a deep barking sound is repeated regularly that sounds like timber being sawn. Up to 2,000 eggs are laid and there is no parental care. Tadpoles grow into frogs after 4–6 weeks.
The natural predators of Green Tree Frogs include snakes and birds. Domestic cats and dogs also eat them.
Threats: Habitat destruction is a threat to the Green Tree Frog as swamps and ponds are filled in or the water is polluted by chemicals or other toxins.
Many of Australia’s frogs are threatened by a fungus called Chytrid fungus which is causing the death (and sometimes extinction) of some frogs.
At Perth Zoo: Green Tree Frogs can be seen inside the Nocturnal House.
Join the Perth Zoo-coordinated Night Stalk from 1 September to 16 October and spotlight for native animals in your local bushland. Night Stalk is a great way to become involved in community conservation action and to learn about our native animals, their habitat and their threats. Night Stalk is sponsored by Tronox.
Did you know? The Green Tree Frog is a natural insect repellent. The secretions from its skin have been found to be lethal to blowflies.