|Red-eyed tree frog|
|Distribution of the red-eyed tree frog|
- For another species commonly known as the red-eyed tree frog, see Agalychnis callidryas
Litoria chloris, also commonly known as the red-eyed tree frog or orange-eyed tree frog, is a species of tree frog native to eastern Australia; ranging from north of Sydney to Proserpine in mid-northern Queensland.
The red-eyed tree frog is a uniform bright green above, occasionally with yellow spots, and bright yellow on the underside. The front sides of the arms and legs are green, while the underside is yellow or white. The thighs may be blue/purple to blue/black in colour in adults. It has golden eyes at the centre, which change to red towards the edge of the eye. The intensity of the eye colour is variable between frogs. The tympanum is visible, and a mature frog reaches a size of 65 mm.
Ecology and behaviour
This species of frog is associated with rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests, and woodlands. The call is several long, moaning "aaa-rk" sounds, followed by soft trills. Males call and breeding takes place mostly after rain in temporary ponds, roadside ditches, dams, ponds, and creek offshoots where the water is not flowing.
As a pet
It is kept as a pet. In Australia, this animal may be kept in captivity with the appropriate permit.
- Hero et al. (2004). Litoria chloris. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a range map and a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
- Cogger, H.G. 1979. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia. A. H. & A. W. REED PTY LTD ISBN 0-589-50108-9
- MacMillan, L. 2005. Frog secretions block HIV infections. Exploration, Vanderbilt University
- Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, New South Wales: Amphibian Keeper's Licence: Species Lists