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Desert Tree Frog

Litoria rubella

Desert Tree Frog
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Desert Tree Frog Litoria rubella
The Desert Tree Frog has a number of common name and varies in colour from grey, red-brown to fawn, often with dark flecks on its back. A dark band runs along the side of the head and body. Their colour is sometimes so well blended with its background, as can be seen with those found living in the rocky canyons of the arid centre, that you can often walk straight pass them, without noticing.

Found in a wide range of habitats across the top half of Australia, from the coast, through tropical and to the arid central regions, the frog is usually found sheltered under stones and bark, around creeks and waterholes. They can be found in sheds and other buildings, especially in moist areas, such as dripping pipe, swimming pools, and outdoor toilet areas.
 

Size
25-45 mm

Distribution
A widely dispersed frog that can be found living in a range of habitats from the coastal regions, tropical regions, through to the arid regions in Central Australia. They have been found in the northern parts of Western Australia, Northern Territory, the north-east corner of South Australia, Queensland and the northern parts of New South Wales.

Breeding
Because of the wide distribution and habitat, the Desert Tree Frog can be found, breeding annually, during the  tropical wet season or summer, or if they are in the arid desert regions, they will breed whenever rain occurs. Males will call from the ground within a few metres of the water. They lay anywhere between 40 to 300 eggs, deposited as a film floating on the surface.

The tadpoles are of medium size and translucent with dark brown patches. Some environmental situations, such as the tadpoles living in a small amount of water, which would naturally heat to higher temperatures, would trigger the tadpoles to develop at a faster rate, developing into adults frogs within 14 days.

Call
The frog has a harsh loud sound, with a distinctly pulsed note, similar tothe screech of a seagull.

Common Name Where Found
Desert Tree Frog
Naked Tree Frog
Red Frog
Red Tree Frog
Little Red Tree Frog
Ruddy Tree Frog
WA, NT, QLD, SA, NSW
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Litoria
Species: L. rubella
Binomial name: Litoria rubella
Desert Tree Frog Images
Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) - January 2007  Greg Sully Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) - January 2007  Greg Sully Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) - January 2007  Greg Sully Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) - January 2007  Greg Sully
Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) - January 2007  Greg Sully Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) on the descent into the Garden of Eden at Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park)
Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) on the descent into the Garden of Eden at Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella)
Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella)      

Other links - Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella)

Frogs of Australia Includes some great images of the Litoria rubella.
 

Source:
Frogs Australia Network - Australian Frog Database: Litoria rubella
Environment Protection Authority - Frogs of South Australia: Desert Tree Frog
Desert Tree Frog. (2006, December 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:25, January 20, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Desert_Tree_Frog&oldid=96480301
 
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