Common Chinese tree frog

Their skin can absorb water directly from the environment, which helps them stay hydrated in various conditions

Alan Yip Wah

Common Chinese tree frog


Their skin can absorb water directly from the environment, which helps them stay hydrated in various conditions


This species, native to China, Taiwan, and parts of Southeast Asia, thrives in a variety of habitats, displaying incredible adaptability and resilience. It is predominantly found in subtropical and tropical regions. It inhabits lowland forests, wetlands, agricultural fields, and even urban gardens. These frogs are arboreal, meaning they are primarily tree-dwellers, but they can also be found near ponds, streams, and rice paddies, which provide essential breeding sites. Their wide distribution and ability to adapt to various environments make them a common sight in their native regions.

One of the most striking features of the Common Chinese tree frog is its vibrant green coloration, which provides excellent camouflage among leaves and vegetation. They have smooth, moist skin and long, slender limbs with adhesive toe pads that enable them to climb and cling to surfaces. Their eyes are large and prominent, giving them excellent night vision, essential for their nocturnal lifestyle. They are insectivorous, feeding primarily on a diet of insects such as flies, mosquitoes, and beetles. They are crucial in controlling insect populations, making them beneficial for both natural ecosystems and agricultural areas. The Common Chinese tree frog uses a sit-and-wait strategy to catch its prey, remaining motionless until an insect comes within reach. They then use their long, sticky tongues to capture and consume the prey swiftly.

The Common Chinese tree frog is predominantly nocturnal, emerging at dusk to forage for food. During the day, it seeks shelter under leaves, tree bark, or in other concealed spots to avoid predators and extreme temperatures. Its adhesive toe pads are a remarkable adaptation, allowing it to navigate the vertical and often slippery surfaces of its arboreal habitat. Additionally, its green coloration provides effective camouflage, helping it blend seamlessly into its surroundings.


Population est.
Main Island

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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