Thursday, 29 September 2011

It's easy being green

That is if you're a green Tree Frog and today I found one in one of the regular hiding places; the overflow pipe from our water tank. This is the Green Tree Frog Litoria caerulea one of the largest frogs in Australia at around 100mm when fully mature, like this one.  Their colour is quite variable from a dark olive to a bright green and they have the ability to quickly make a colour change to fit in with their surroundings. As this character was in the pipe the dark colour suited very well and highlighted the white spots that are often not showing in their bright green colouring. They range across northern Australia, through Queensland and NSW. After a couple of photos it was popped back to keep hidden until it ventures forth at night to hunt insects and have even be known to catch mice. 

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