Australian Red-eyed Tree Frog Click to enlarge image
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria chloris). Image: Jodi Rowley
© Jodi Rowley

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    chloris
    Genus
    Litoria
    Family
    Hylidae
    Order
    Anura
    Subclass
    Lissamphibia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    6.5 cm

Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 6.5 cm in body length. It has a bright green back. The belly is yellow. The pupil is horizontal, and the iris is orange or red. The backs of the thighs are purple, and the hands and feet are yellow. Fingers are three-quarters webbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with large discs.

Similar Species

Looks similar to Litoria caerulea and Litoria gracilenta in its distribution, but Litoria caerulea has a gold iris instead of red, and Litoria gracilenta is smaller and has a pale green stripe from the tip of the snout to past the eye, following the top of the eye.

Distribution

Found from the Mackay region of QLD through to Gosford in NSW along the coast and nearby areas.



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Breeding Biology

Eggs are laid as small clusters that are attached to vegetation at or near the surface of temporary pools, stream pools, and permanent ponds. Tadpoles can reach a total length of up to 5 cm, and are grey-brown or dark brown in colour. They often remain at the bottom of water bodies, and take at least two months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer after heavy rain.