Posts Tagged ‘Australian tree frogs’
This giant green white-lipped tree frog (Litoria infrafrenata), is just one of a number of wildlife movements that we noted in April and the beginning of May. During the warmer summer months, our tree frogs return to the rainforest, but during the cooler months, they have their favourite resting places in our house. This one is sometimes called ‘The speaker of the House’ because he often sleeps on our television speakers. Other times he is the clock frog or the kitchen frog or the soup ladle frog, but he never becomes an ingredient in our soup.
With recent advances in genetic taxonomy, Litoria jungguy was described as a distinctly different species from its former L. lesueuri. It is most easily distinguished by its distribution, although the posterior coloring of the inner thigh has white or cream spots on an otherwise black surface for L. jungguy, whilst L. lesueuri has blue spots on a black backing.
The Cooper Valley has been dumped on with exceptional rainfall over the past few days. Since Boxing Day, over 700 mm has been recorded in our portion of the catchment.
Last night I was unable to collect three travellers that had booked onto the nocturnal tour because of flooding. Another two, one from Hamburg and the other from Switzerland were awe-struck by the deluge, but eventually I had to abandon the tour. Flooding, landslides and tree falls were commonplace throughout the area.
In the centre of the Daintree rainforest, Giant White-lipped Tree Frogs Litoria infrafrenata ordinarily call for mates at the beginning of September, but much cooler temperatures persisting until very recently, have delayed the unmistakable clatter of competing males.
When Stoney Creek treefrogs (Litoria lesueuri) mate, hundreds of males congregate around three or four females. In contrast to their normal olive drab, the much smaller and more numerous males display their state of excitement by becoming brilliant bright yellow.