White-lipped tree frog

These gorgeous frogs are the world’s largest tree frogs and can grow up to 14cm or 5.5 inches!

JJ Harrison

Also known as the Australian tree frog, New Guinea tree frog, or enormous tree frog, it is a captivating amphibian species known for its variable coloration and distinctive white stripe adorning its lower jaw and head. Ranging in color from pure green to greenish-brown or light brown, these frogs derive their common name from the prominent white markings that accentuate their appearance.

Primarily inhabiting the lush rainforests, woodlands, and coastal areas of the Cape York Peninsula in Australia, as well as the rainforest regions of Papua New Guinea and Queensland, the White-lipped tree frog is well-adapted to a variety of habitats within its range. These frogs are skilled climbers, using their powerful limbs to navigate the dense vegetation of their forest homes easily.

As carnivorous amphibians, White-lipped tree frogs primarily prey on insects and other arthropods in their environment. While they are predominantly insectivorous, there have been rare observations of these frogs consuming small vertebrates, although such occurrences are infrequent compared to their insect-focused diet.

The White-lipped tree frog plays an essential role in maintaining ecological balance within its habitat, serving as both predator and prey within the intricate food web of the rainforest ecosystem. Their presence indicates the health of their environment, making them valuable indicators of ecosystem stability.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
2021
Queensland
East Timor
2021
Indonesia
2021
Papua New Guinea
2021
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