Litoria nasuta Click to enlarge image
u000d Rocket Frog, calling u000d Mackay Qld u000d 2.37 Image: Gunther Schmida
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

The Rocket Frog gets its name from its long pointed snout, but it could equally have got it for its impressive leaping ability.

Identification

The Rocket Frog's legs are extremely long and allow them to leap farther than most other frogs of the same size. Leaps of over 4 m are not uncommon.


Striped Rocket Frog (Litoria nasuta), Northern Territory, Australia.

Striped Rocket Frog (Litoria nasuta), Northern Territory, Australia.

Image: Jodi Rowley
© Australian Museum

Habitat

The Rocket Frog lives in open forests and swamps, usually close to streams and ponds.

Distribution

Rocket Frogs are found in northern Australia and eastern Australia as far south as Sydney. Sydney is close to the most southerly extent of the Rocket Frog's range, as this frog is adapted to the hot weather of the tropics.



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Communication

The male Rocket Frogs can be heard calling after spring and summer rains when they make a rapid yapping or 'wik...wik...wik' sound.

Life history cycle

Female Rocket Frogs lay their eggs in a raft on the water surface where they float in a coat of jelly-like material before the tadpoles hatch into the water.