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Frogs of Australia Rainforest & Bush

Updated: May 9, 2022

You will see a lot of frog merchandise on this website and that's because frogs have been one of my favourite creatures since a child.

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In Australia, frogs are a regular sight. This is well known to those of us who live in tropical and sub-tropical regions and frequently have frogs as houseguests. Frogs are glad to make themselves at home in your home, but they may also be found in practically every habitat in Australia, even deserts! Frogs are found in Australia in 208 species, many of which are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else on the planet.

Here Are a Few Frogs That Habitat The Rainforests

The Wet Tropics Rainforest, which surrounds us here in Cairns, covers only 0.01 percent of Australia's area yet is home to 54 frog species, 21 of which are unique to the planet. It serves as a timely reminder of the rainforest's and region's biological and ecological importance.

white lipped tree frog
White Lipped Tree Frog

The White-lipped Tree Frog

This frog is one of the most common frogs. The green body, white bottom lip, and practically dazzling white underside of this frog make it easy to identify. It's also one of Australia's largest frogs, with a maximum size of 14cm! If you live in suburban tropical Australia, one of these cuties is almost certainly visiting your windowsill or toilet seat on a regular basis!

While many frogs' mating sounds are so identical that the typical human ear is unable to distinguish between them, the White-lipped Tree Frog has a distinct call that is occasionally mistaken for a dog's bark!

Pouched Frog

The Pouched frog is a tiny frog species with a body length of up to 2 cm. It has a back that is brown or dark brown with darker spots. Between the eyes, there is frequently a V-shaped marking. From behind the eye to the groin, there is a black line. Cream with brown mottling covers the belly. The iris is gold and the pupil is horizontal. Fingers and toes are both unwebbed and lack discs.

The blind, white tadpoles of the pushed frog creep up the waiting male's back and into split pockets in his flanks, after hatching under leaf litter.  They transform there, safe from predators and fast-moving stream currents, and emerge as tiny froglets after about 70 days.

Northern Barred Frog
Barred Tree Frog

The Northern Barred Frog

The Northern Barred Frog is another frog you could hear when exploring the rainforest. This frog, which is exclusively found in North Queensland, spends the most of its life on the rainforest floor near streams.

The frog's light brown skin and dark markings help it blend in with predators. All eyes are on the tadpoles of this frog, which can grow up to 11cm in length. The Northern Barred Frog tadpole, unlike other tadpoles, can grow up to 15cm in length! These tadpoles can take up to two years to mature into frogs, making them the largest and longest-lived tadpoles in Australia!

orange thighed tree frog
Orange-thighed Tree Frog
Orange-thighed Tree Frog

Although most frogs in the jungle are heard rather than seen, the little Orange-thighed Tree Frog is a spectacular sight if you are lucky enough to encounter one. The Orange-thighed Tree Frog is a striking pocket of colour in the jungle, with bright red-orange eyes, deep orange flanks and limbs, and a bright yellow vocal sac.

Australian White Tree Frog
Australian White Tree Frog

The Australian White Tree Frog

Because of their plump look, they are also known as dumpy tree frogs. On the top of their heads, adults have a fatty ridge of tissue. White's Tree Frogs are extremely flexible and may thrive in a variety of situations.

Some wild species can be found in cities. They are known to live in close quarters with humans, and during droughts, they have been known to take up residence in bathrooms and kitchens. During the dry months, some animals fall into hibernation.

These frogs do not require particularly high temperatures or humidity in captivity.

They may also be able to coexist peacefully with other members of their species.

Frogs with huge finger and toe pads, webbed feet, and a round belly are known as White's Tree Frogs. Adults' heads have a distinct fatty development on the top and sides.

During the dry season, these frogs develop a waxy layer on their skin that helps them retain moisture. Their skin, interestingly, contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. It protects them from fungal infections, which may be fatal to most amphibians.

The hue of White's Tree Frogs can vary from bright green to a mild minty blue. The colour varies from person to person, however it might change significantly depending on activity level, temperature, and location.

red eyed tree frog
Red Eyed Tree Frog

Red-eyed Tree Frog

This well-known frog lives in the rainforest canopy and only comes down to reproduce after it rains. It has been observed launching itself from a high branch in pursuit of insects, landing safely many metres below. The species' extensive webbing on its feet, as well as its adopting a glider-like stance in midair, indicate that it is gaining the ability to manage such descents.


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