Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Litoria fallax

Staying with the frog theme I've updated this Eastern Dwarf Tree frog post, as I've said before this little blog has had a few face-lifts and so some of the pics/posts require a bit of a tickle here and there to keep pace with the new design etc ...

Right with that rather redundant explanation out of the way let's take a look at one of North Eastern Queenslands most common frog; The Eastern Dwarf.

Now these chaps are seemingly quite resilient - they cling on in the garden despite all manner of weather events, different predators and even Jo's blitzkrieg style of thinning the plants around the joint. They are really rather small - around 20 - 30mm S.V length and are predominantly green but sometimes brown in colouration with a creamy belly. Around here they tend to like the leaves of the spider lily plant and with a little careful searching one or two can usually be found snoozing in the heat of the day. However, even light precipitation will bring them out and really, what could be more relaxing than watching such diminutive little jewels rain bask?.

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog  Litoria fallax



It's not easy being green ...



This frog is associated with a wide variety of habitats, including coastal swamps, lagoons, dams, ditches, and garden ponds in forest, heathland, wallum country, and cleared farmland. It lives in reeds and similar plants both near and away from the water, and often inhabits banana trees in the northern areas of Australia, and are sometimes shipped with the bananas throughout Australia. They are known in Australia for becoming lost frogs by turning up in fruit shops outside of their normal range.

Breeding occurs at small ponds or dams, which have ample reeds or other emergent vegetation. This species will often breed in temporary water. Its call is a short, high pitched, wr-e-e-ek ip-ip, repeated three or four times. They emit their calls from a single submandibular vocal sac. The males call during the spring and summer seasons, often before and after heavy rain.

About 200-300 eggs are laid at each amplexus, and clumps of spawn contain up to 35 eggs. The minimum tadpole lifespan is 118 days, at a consist temperature of 20°C. Metamorphosis occurs from January to March, the metamorphs resemble the adults and are very small, only 9-13 mm in length. source^


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