Red Tree Frog
Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
Red Tree Frog (Or 'Naked Tree Frog'): Litoria rubella
This is a small frog with a longish body, shorter limbs and a distinctly blunt snout.
The colour varies from a reddish brown to a shade so translucent that the organs can be seen through the skin (and thus the frog is `naked').
A dark stripe extends from the blunt snout, through the typanum and along the side of the body.
The call is a consistent bleating that can be deafeningly loud, especially when the frog takes advantage of an amplifier such as a drain or a pipe.
The red tree frog is found in toilets and houses, forests, woodland and desert in tropical, eastern and central Australia and southern New Guinea.
This is one of Australia's most adaptable and environmentally diverse frogs.
In the drier parts of it's range, this small frog shelters under rocks to conserve moisture and it is also reported to huddle in groups for the same reason (Egerton 1997); an unusual behaviour, as frogs are usually solitary when not in the mating season.
ourtesy of Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey