Eastern Dwarf Green Tree Frog (Litoria fallax)
The Green Tree Frog is slender species up to 25mm long, green with a white stripe along the side of its head. The backs of the thighs and the groin are orange to yellow with the legs often being light brown to fawn in colour.
A very common species it occurs in large numbers along the edges of swamps, ponds and streams throughout the Sydney Region. It likes to sit on the tops of large reeds or in thick native Lomandra sedges, where it is well camouflaged, as well as other plant species such Bromeliads, Lilies, and pot plants.
Males call right throughout the day and night looking for females who lay about 250 eggs in a number of clumps attached to vegetation, in still water.
Development into frogs takes between 100 to 120 days.
Eggs: The female lays a small cluster of eggs onto a stem and the male quickly fertilizes them. The cluster either sinks into the water or sticks to the vegetation.
Tadpoles: Are small and range in colour from clear gold, olive brown, dark brown or mottled combinations of these colours. As these tadpoles develop their colour changes to bright green.
Call: A ratchet-like “Reek…pip…Reek…pip…pip”
Often heard from September to April both day and night.
Known Localities: St Ives, Turramurra, West Pymble, Roseville Chase