Southern Orange-eyed Treefrog

Litoria chloris

Identification:

The Southern Orange-eyed Treefrog is a medium-sized frog, growing to 68 mm.  It is green with reddish-orange eyes.  The limbs and sides are bright yellow and the hind edge of the thigh is purple.

Distribution:

Found from coastal mid-eastern Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales.

Habitat:

Lives in rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests and riparian zones.

Habits:

Spends most of its time in the trees but comes to the ground to breed.

Breeding:

This species breeds after heavy rain in shallow, temporary pools.  The eggs are laid in a jelly mat on the surface of the water and attach to vegetation or sink to the bottom.

Call:

The call is described as a drawn-out moan or a series of rising `waaarks’ ending in trills.

Similar species:

This species is most similar to the Orange-thighed Treefrog (Litoria xanthomera) which has a different thigh colour.  It can also be confused with the Graceful Treefrog (L. gracilenta) but this species has pale markings above the eyes that are not present in L. chloris.

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