Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Australian Green Tree Frog (Ranoidea caerulea, formerly Litoria caerulea) is found in a wide variety of habitats, including human dwellings. Also known as the Common Green Tree Frog and the Green Tree Frog, it is one of Australia’s largest and most common frogs.

Not to be confused with the Centralian Tree Frog (Ranoidea gilleni) of Central Australia, the Australian Green tree frogs is a slightly larger frog whose colour can actually range from olive green through bright green, to brown, changing colour from one hour to the next. Not at all timid they are often found cohabitating with humans in showers and toilets.

All frog species have sensitive skins that are protected by a moist coating containing many chemicals. This species secretes the chemical Caerllein that is now artificially used in human medicine.


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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Pelodryadidae
  • Genus: Ranoidea
  • Species: R. caerulea
  • Binomial name: Ranoidea caerulea

    formerly Litoria caerulea

So this means now most Australian hylids (or pelodryadids) will be in the genus Litoria or the genus Ranoidea (plus two Australian species currently placed in Nyctimystes). So no longer is the dwarf tree frog in the same genus as the green frog (which are now Litoria fallax and Ranoidea caerulea respectively)…

Source: The Frog and Tadpole Study Group of New South Wales Inc (FATS), April 20, 2017, author Grant1

Footnote & References

  1. The Frog and Tadpole Study Group of New South Wales Inc (FATS), April 20, 2017, https://www.facebook.com/groups/FATSNSW/permalink/1470981209619592/