Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata)

The Bleating Tree Frog is smallish species up to 45mm long and creamish brown to pale grey in colour, often with a darker patch running down the spine. The groin and backs of the thighs are frequently yellow and the belly is a yellowish white colour. The upper part of the eye is red and both the fore and hind limbs have large toe discs to aid in climbing.

It is often seen in coastal lagoons, ponds and swamps and particularly favours those locations with a grassy edge or beneath bark and large stones where it can hide. The males call from the ground close to water and are often only heard after heavy spring and summer rain. Locally uncommon, and possibly extinct, although some historical records of it being in the local government area (LGA) exist.

Size: up to 5cm

Status: Locally uncommon

Eggs: Once the eggs are fertilised the female kicks the water with her back legs dispersing the eggs. They spread out and sink, landing on the substrate.

Tadpoles: Are medium sized and are usually dark brown in colour. These tadpoles feed throughout the water column, but are often seen at the surface. They have also been observed swimming in groups.

Call: A high pitched bleat, almost painful in its pitch and volume.

Known Localities: Historical records exist from St Ives, Lindfield and Roseville