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GREEN TREE FROG
GREEN TREE FROG
20 SPECIES FOUND IN THE RAINFOREST
20 SPECIES FOUND IN THE RAINFOREST
OFTEN FOUND AROUND HOUSES
OFTEN FOUND AROUND HOUSES


Frogs

Updated: 13-Apr-2007


Tropical North Queensland is a very special area for frogs...


The Wet Tropics area alone is home to about 54 species of frogs. More than 20 species are found in the rainforests and no where else.

Representatives of all five Australian frog families are found in the area. Some limited to very small areas such as The Thronton Peak tree frog which apparently occurs only above 640m on Thornton Peak.

 

One of the world's favourite frogs is the Common Green Tree frog, which is called White's Tree frog in the USA. Even as an adult of 90mm (3 ½ inches) in size, the Green Tree frog always retains its gentle baby face.

It is probably the most commonly kept frog in Australia and has been kept for decades overseas.

It is often found around houses, especially in outdoor loos (bathrooms) and in gutter pipes. Sometimes these frogs are found in mailboxes and moved, only to be found in the same mailbox a few days later. Green Tree Frogs actually have a 'homing instinct'.

Like all rainforest creatures frogs are an integral part of the ecosystem - eating and being eaten by a variety of other animals.

Frogs are especially vulnerable to such things as pollution, insecticides, herbecides etc as they absorb moisture through their skin. Consequently, they are widely recognised as a 'barometer' for the well being of our environment.


 

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