Green Tree Frog

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Learn about the tree frog's interesting features like their horizontal pupils

Green Tree Frog
Scientific name: Litoria caerulea


•    Breeding occurs from November to February. Males call near water and often down pipes. Clumps of 200-2000 eggs are deposited on the surface of still water. The spawn sinks within 24 hours. Development is usually complete in 6 weeks; larvae are free swimming.

•    Their eyes have horizontal pupils, where most tree frogs have vertical pupils. The fatty ridge over the eye is a distinct White’s tree frog trait. As an adaptation to arid areas they secrete a waxy covering over their skin that helps retain water.

•    They eat mainly insects such as moths, locusts, and roaches.

•    This tree frog has many unique features that set it apart from other tree frogs. It is a rather large tree frog, ranging in length from three to 4.5 inches (7 to 11.5 cm). Females are usually slightly bigger than the males.

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