Freycinet’s Frog, Litoria freycineti

Freycinet’s Frog (Litoria freycineti), also commonly known as the Wallum Rocket Frog, lives in coastal areas from Fraser Island, Queensland, south to the Jervis Bay Territory of New South Wales.

It is a variable species of frog, reaching 45 millimeters long. It is usually brown on the dorsal surface with large lighter or darker colored patches or raised dots; in some specimens, these patches can be very indistinct to almost nonexistent. A triangular shape of the same color as the patches is seen on the snout, another larger triangular shape is seen behind the eyes, almost looking like a reflection to the one on the snout. The iris is a rusty color in the upper half and brown-grey in the bottom. A white bar stretches from in front of the eye around the tympanum and to the arm. The lower lip is black and white and looks mottled. The pads on the fingers are small, the underbelly is white and the throat in the males is darker.

Despite its name, this species is frequent in sandstone heath habitats as well as wallum swamps. The call of the male is a duck like “wak”, much like that of Litoria latopalmata, though slower. The males will give their call on warm nights, during the spring and the summer, often after rain. Breeding takes place in any and all bodies of water the frogs can find, from large swamps, to creeks, to temporary puddles.

Image Caption: This is a Litoria freycineti from the Jervis Bay region of NSW. Credit: Tnarg 12345/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)