Litoria caerulea
Green Tree Frog
family: Hylidae
subfamily: Pelodryadinae

Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2002 California Academy of Sciences (1 of 33)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea


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Widespread species. Distributed from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, through most of Northern Territory, all of Queensland, northern and central New South Wales and the north- east corner of South Australia. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 4078600 km2.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Found commonly near streams and swamps on rocks and trees or in crevices in rocks and hollow tree trunks. Also found in domestic environment, including letterboxes, toilet bowls and cisterns, bathrooms and meter boxes. Commonly kept as a pet within Australia and overseas (but now protected). Breeding occurs from November to February. Males call from hidden localities near water and often downpipes. 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.

Trends and Threats
No known declines and large extent of occurrence.

Pollution and predation by cats and dogs is a threat where the species occurs in suburban areas. Some animals have been found to be sick with chytrid fungus. Collection of tadpoles and movement of tadpoles. Juveniles often relocated by the transportation of fresh produce.

Conservation Measures
None in place, except restrictions on pet industry i.e. must have a permit to keep frogs.


Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

Tyler, M.J., Smith, L.A., and Johnstone, R.E. (1994). Frogs of Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Written by J-M Hero et al. (m.hero AT, Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Ambika Sopory (2008-09-16)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Litoria caerulea: Green Tree Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jan 23, 2021.

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