In places where water is scarce, Australians share their showers, kitchens and toilets with this happy, snoozing tree frog.
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.
Did you Know?
The large, liquid-filled sac on the top its head is the largest venom gland of all Australian amphibians.