Bleating Tree Frog, Litoria dentata

The Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata) is a tree frog belonging to the family Hylidae. This frog is native to coastal eastern Australia, from southeastern Queensland, to around Eden, New South Wales.

As it is a small frog, it measures up to 45 millimeters long. The dorsal surface of this frog is a dark or pale, rich brown, with broad and irregular bands on each side of the frog starting from the back of the eye. A dark colored stripe extends from the snout, through the eye, and onto the tympanum. The ventral surface is a light cream color, although in breeding males, it can be yellow. The fingers are one-third webbed, and the toes are two-thirds webbed. The tympanum is visible. The iris is a strong rusty red color. During the breeding season, the males become a yellowish color.

This frog is associated with coastal lagoons, ponds, and swamps, in heathland, sclerophyll forest and cleared farmland. The bleating tree frog is well known for its loud and high pitched call, which can be painful to humans nearby. The males call from vegetation or from the ground near the breeding site. Mass breeding and calling can occur on warm, wet, overcast night during the spring or the summer.

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