Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae

The Tasmanian Tree Frog (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is located on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name King Tree Frog is also used regarding this species.

As a moderately sized tree frog, the Tasmanian Tree Frog measures up to about 60 millimeters long. It can be a light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form usually has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form frequently has light or dark brown patches. A thin stripe extends from the nostril down the side; this line often expands and becomes marbled along the flanks. The belly is a pinkish-white color and the thighs are light brown.

This frog is associated with dams, ponds, and roadside ditches in rainforest, sedge land, alpine country, and moorland in the west and south of Tasmania. It is frequently found at some higher altitudes. The tree frog often mates after heavy rain, or in the spring or the summer. The males make a goose-like call from vegetation around a body of water or while floating in the water. From 70 to 120 eggs are laid in clusters attached to vegetation that is submerged. The tadpoles occur in stationary or slowly flowing water. The larval stage lasts for seven to eight months.

The tree frog consumes various grasses, and sometimes insects. Despite sightings being common, the species’ diet is poorly documented; as a result, not much is known about it. This is one of three species of frogs, along with the Tasmanian Froglet and the Moss Froglet, that are native to Tasmania.

Image Caption: A Tasmanian Tree Frog, (Litoria burrowsae), from Queenstown, Tasmania. Credit: Tnarg 12345/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)