- For other species commonly known as the red-eyed tree frog, see Agalychnis callidryas.
|Red-eyed Tree Frog|
|Common Name||Orange-eyed Tree Frog|
The Red-eyed tree frog, (Litoria chloris), also commonly known as the orange-eyed tree frog, is a species of tree frog native to eastern Australia; ranging from north of Sydney to Proserpine in mid-northern Queensland.
The red-eyed tree frog is a uniform bright green above, occasionally with yellow spots, and bright yellow on the underside. The front sides of the arms and legs are green, while the underside is yellow or white. The thighs may be blue/purple to blue/black in colour in adults. It has golden eyes at the centre, which change to red towards the edge of the eye. The intensity of the eye colour is variable between frogs. The tympanum is visible, and a mature frog reaches a size of 65 mm.
The tadpoles are generally grey or brown, and can have gold pigment along the side.
A similar species, the orange-thighed frog (Litoria xantheroma) is found north of Proserpine and has orange on the back of the thighs.
Ecology and Behaviour
This species of frog is associated with rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests, and woodlands. The call is several long, moaning "aaa-rk" sounds, followed by soft trills. Males call and breeding takes place mostly after rain in temporary ponds, roadside ditches, dams, ponds, and creek offshoots where the water is not flowing.
As a Pet
It is kept as a pet. In Australia, this animal may be kept in captivity with the appropriate permit.