The Spotted Tree Frog has a murky colour to it. It has algae green spots all over its body. Scattered patches of light brown are seen on its toes and along the sides of its belly. It also has a light green tinge along its cheeks.
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. They like to stay near their stream and don’t tend to move much.
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 roughly laid in late Spring or early Summer, and the tadpoles achieve metamorphosis in late Summer to Autumn.
Threats: An infection called chytrid fungus was found to be a cause of the decline in population (around 1995-1996 breeding times). This disease affects amphibians all over the world. Trout have also been spotted eating the frog’s larvae (tadpoles), and this is believed to be another cause.
Conservation Status: Endangered.