Frogs > Peron’s Tree Frog NSW | QLD

The Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) is a common tree frog in Australia’s that are also known as the Emerald-spotted Tree Frog.

The Litoria peronii is one of Australia’s most variably coloured frogs. They have the ability to change colour in less than one hour. They vary in shades of grey and brown, where at its lightest, is almost white.

The following images of the Emerald-spotted Tree Frog were taken in Warwick, Queensland.

Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman

The Litoria peronii has mottled yellow and black thighs, armpits, and groin. Some also can be found with emerald spots on the back, which increase in number with age.

One of the characteristic that is uncommon in the genus Litoria are the pupils which appear cross-shaped. This particular characteristic is only shared with the Tyler’s Tree Frog within the genus Litoria.

Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) © Ann van Breeman

Common name
Emerald-spotted Tree Frog, Emerald-speckled Tree Frog, Laughing Tree Frog, Maniacal Cackle Frog.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Pelodryadidae
  • Genus: Litoria
  • Species: L. peronii
  • Binomial name: Litoria peronii

Footnote & References

  1. Peron’s tree frog, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peron’s_tree_frog (last visited Mar. 12, 2022)
  2. Litoria peronii (Peron’s Tree Frog), FrogWatch SA, https://www.frogwatchsa.com.au/species/view/9
  3. Species profile—Litoria peronii (emerald spotted treefrog), Queensland Government, https://apps.des.qld.gov.au/species-search/details/?id=596
  4. Litoria peronii (Tschudi, 1838), Peron’s Tree Frog, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:b2bf49cd-3e0d-4b13-9315-670adfddeba7#gallery
  5. Peron’s Tree Frog, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations?taxon_id=23645