Green Tree Frog Sleeping on a Leaf

Green Tree Frog

Jul 21, 2017

These little guys are more popular than you might think, they just do a good job of hiding. Green Tree Frogs are one the larger Australian Amphibians you’ll come across in Australia.

Where do Green Tree Frogs live?

You can find Green Tree Frogs all over Australia apart from Victoria and Tasmania.

They live in suburbia, bushland, near creeks and forests most often near some kind of waterway, creek or streams.

A few Facts about the Green Tree Frog

  • If you hear a loud croak at night, good chance it’s a Green Tree Frog
  • They are nocturnal
  • They mostly eat insects but are known to eat mice as well
  • According to the Australian Museum, they have even been recorded catching bats out the front of caves
  • They grow to around 12cm in length nearly 5 inches
  • In Australia, the Green Tree Frog is a protected species
  • They can live to 20 years old
  • Green Tree Frogs lay between 200 and two thousand eggs
  • They develop into tadpoles in six weeks before growing legs and turning into frogs
  • They are one of the most popular pet frogs around the world, often becoming¬†obese due to over feeding and lack of activity.
  • Peptides within the skin of Green Tree Frogs have been found to destroy HIV sparing the healthy T cells (source, Wikipedia)

Green Tree Frogs are also easy prey for cats, foxes and dogs which have unfortunately decimated populations.

Frogs do have natural predators such as birds,¬†snakes and lizards but they’ve evolved to cope with them.

If you own a cat or dog, please consider our native wildlife, don’t let them roam.

 How did I take the Green Tree Frog Photo?

While I’ve seen many in the wild this photo was taken at Taronga Zoo in Sydney with the following gear and settings:

  1. Nikon D810 Body
  2. Nikon 70-200 f2.8 vrII
  3. Handheld
  4. Exposure 1/200 sec
  5. aperture f2.8
  6. Iso 1000
  7. No Flash (no spooking the animals please)

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