What do they look like? The Spotted Tree Frog can vary in colour as many frog species can. There are several colour forms that range from brown to golden-brown, grey to grey-green, green and sometimes with a combination of these colours. Many specimens don’t even have spots.
Where do they live? Rock habitats along streams are main homes for the Spotted Tree Frog. They prefer the streams to be up in mountainous areas away from disturbances.
What do they eat? These frogs are mainly insectivores and like a variety of flying insects. Their baby tadpoles like to eat algae and periphyton off the rocks.
Behaviour: Spotted Tree Frogs don’t like to move much, and prefer to stay near their stream. It has been found that the majority of adult Spotted Tree Frogs move less than 80m over several years!
Reproduction: The frog’s eggs are laid in ‘clutches’ from 200 to 1000 eggs. They lay their eggs on the underside of the rock in streams so that they can be protected. The eggs are usually laid in late Spring or early Summer, and the tadpoles achieve metamorphosis in late Summer to Autumn.
Threats: Scientists think the decline and disappearance of some frog species in Australia and overseas may be partly due to a disease caused by a Chytrid fungus .The fungus attacks the parts of a frog’s skin that have keratin in them. Since frogs use their skin in respiration, this makes it difficult for the frog to breathe.
Trout have also been spotted eating the frog’s larvae (tadpoles), and this is believed to be another cause in the decline of the frog population.
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered.