Peron's Tree Frog (Litoria peronii)
Peron’s Tree Frog is large species up to 90mm long with a grey and brown mottled appearance often with tiny green specks on its back. It also has large silvery eyes with a pupil strangely shaped like a cross and large toe discs to help it climb. Some individuals also have bright orange and brown marbled thighs, an unusual feature perhaps associated with mating.
A fairly common species it is often found between leaves of Gymea lilies near the ground or Pittosporum or Tristaniopsis trees quite high up where it is well protected through its camouflage. It breeds in temporary pools, dams, ditches and drains as well as suburban fish ponds throughout the Sydney Region.
Males call mainly at night in the warmer months of the year and can often wander inside houses or take up residence in a drainpipe.
Size: up to 9cm
Status: Fairly Common
Eggs: Eggs are found individually and in small clusters at the edges of ponds amongst leaf litter and vegetation
Tadpoles: Are fairly large and have three dark longitudinal stripes down the back - one on the spine and one on each side. These tadpoles also have a shiny pale green spot on the tip of the snout. As they develop these tadpoles become a more uniform olive-brown or yellow-brown.
Call: A slow ‘cackle’ which has been likened to a maniacal laugh which is easily recognised with a descending inflection and speed.
Known Localities: Warrawee, Turramurra, St Ives, West Pymble