Splendid Tree Frog

Splendid Tree FrogOther names: Magnificent Tree Frog
Scientific Name: Litoria splendida
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Body Length: 10 cm

Distribution: Mostly found in the Kimberley region, Western Australia
Habitat: Moist environments, even in toilets or water tanks

Description: Splendid Tree Frogs have the largest poison gland of all Australian amphibians. This covers the entire back of the frog’s head and is easily visible. Splendid Tree Frogs have white and yellow spots on their green skin. Like other tree frogs, they have toe discs.

Diet: Splendid Tree Frogs are insectivores and feed on invertebrates such as worms, bugs and spiders.

In the wild: These frogs, while found in caves and crevices, are often also seen in shower blocks, water tanks and toilets. They usually breed in the wet season which occurs in December and January. The gland on the back of their head exudes a foul-tasting venom which is used to deter predators such as snakes and birds. The venom is harmless to humans.

Threats: Habitat destruction is a threat to these frogs. If Cane Toads move into Western Australia and take up residence in the Kimberley, they are likely to eat these frogs and compete with them for food and space.

At Perth Zoo: Splendid Tree Frogs can be seen in the Australian Wetlands.

For more information about frogs, visit these websites:

Frogs Australia Network www.frogsaustralia.net.au/frogs
Northern Australia Frogs Database System www.frogwatch.org.au

Download the Splendid Tree Frog Fact Sheet (pdf).

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