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Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae

Tasmanian tree frog Tasmanian Tree Frog Litoria burrowsae Tasmanian Tree FrogTasmanian Tree Frog (Top  photo by PWS,
middle photo by Michael Driessen,
|bottom photo by Alex Dudley)

Description

The endemic Tasmanian (or Burrows) Tree Frog is an attractive frog, with a green back, often patterned with brown. The undersurface is white and granular. It can grow up to 60 mm long.

Breeding

Breeding occurs mainly in spring and summer, but the species may breed opportunistically at any time of the year after heavy rain. 70-120 eggs are laid in clusters attached to submerged vegetation. Tadpoles occur in stationary or slowly flowing water. The larval stage lasts for 7-8 months with tadpoles reaching up to 85 mm in length

Vocalisations

Tasmanian Tree Frog

 

Males call between August and February from the edges of ponds, often from up to two metres high in surrounding vegetation. Its call is often described as duck-like. (Audio recordings courtesy of Ron Nagorcka/Central North Field Naturalists)

 

Distribution and Habitat

Found only in Tasmania, this species is restricted to the west of the state, where it is fairly widespread. Although the frog is well protected in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA), it appears to be highly susceptible to the chytrid fungus, a frog disease that is widespread in eastern and northern Tasmania but not in the WHA.

Its preferred habitat is buttongrass moorland, sedgeland and can extend to subalpine areas to at least 1070 m.

 

Distribution map

Distribution map courtesy
Natural Values Atlas
,
data from theLIST
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