Australian wood frog

Rémi Bigonneau

Australian wood frog



Papurana frogs inhabit a wide range of environments across Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Malaysia. They are typically found in lowland tropical rainforests, swamps, marshes, and along the edges of streams and rivers. These frogs are highly adaptable, often thriving in both pristine forests and disturbed areas such as agricultural lands and suburban gardens.

Members of the genus Papurana are generally medium-sized frogs. Their skin is smooth and can vary in color, often displaying shades of green, brown, or gray, with some species exhibiting striking patterns or markings. This coloration provides excellent camouflage against predators, blending seamlessly with their leafy and muddy environments. They have long, powerful hind limbs adapted for jumping and swimming, and their toes are usually webbed, aiding in their aquatic agility.

These frogs are primarily insectivorous, feeding on a variety of invertebrates, such as insects, spiders, and worms. Their diet may also include small fish and other aquatic organisms. They employ a sit-and-wait strategy, remaining motionless until prey comes within striking distance. With a quick flick of their sticky tongues, they capture their prey with remarkable precision. This feeding behavior not only controls insect populations but also highlights their role as both predator and prey within their ecosystems.


Population est.
Northern Territory, Queensland
Papua New Guinea
Main Island Group

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No