Secretions from this frog's skin are reportedly lethal to blowflies. Handy when they make up most of your diet!
Description: Green Tree Frogs are fairly large. They have smooth, green skin that can change shade. The underbelly is a creamy white and there are scatterings of white spots on its back. Like other tree frogs, the Green Tree Frog has toe discs on the tips of its toes and fingers.
Diet: Green Tree Frogs are carnivores and eat a wide range of invertebrates, including insects and worms.
In the wild: These frogs live a solitary existence and come together only at mating time. At this time, a deep barking sound is repeated regularly that sounds like timber being sawn. Up to 2,000 eggs are laid and there is no parental care. Tadpoles grow into frogs after 4–6 weeks.
The natural predators of Green Tree Frogs include snakes and birds. Domestic cats and dogs also eat them.
Threats: Habitat destruction is a threat to the Green Tree Frog as swamps and ponds are filled in or the water is polluted by chemicals or other toxins.
Many of Australia’s frogs are threatened by a fungus called Chytrid fungus which is causing the death (and sometimes extinction) of some frogs.
Did you Know?
A Green Tree Frog's skin produces a waxy coating that helps reduce evaporation.