During the last school holidays, I helped my mum feed the frogs from the science department at the school where she works because she was too scared to touch them. They were Australian green tree frogs and they were fun to feed.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These frogs are fairly large, growing up to 10 cm long. The females are slightly larger than the males.
- Australian green tree frogs are nocturnal hunters and mainly eat insects such as moths, cockroaches and locusts. However, they are big enough to eat other frogs and small mammals such as mice. They ambush their prey and use the large hands to push their meal into their mouths.
- They are also called the dumpy frog because when they are overweight, layers of fat grows on top of their head and body making them look dumpy. Their scientific name means “blue” because when the first examples were sent to Britain, they used chemicals that turned them blue instead of green, which confused the scientists.
- They aren’t very good jumpers, but are excellent climbers, using their sticky fingers and tummy to climb steep and slippery surfaces.
- These common frogs are found in forests throughout northern and eastern Australia and New Guinea. They cope very well around people and can often be found hiding in toilets.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Australian green tree frogs?