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White's tree frog

By MSA 2005 Map showing forests, wetlands, urban areas habitats in eastern Australia, southern New Guinea


Class Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus and species: Pelodryas caerulea

Unlike other tree frogs, White's tree frogs have horizontal pupils and a distinctive fatty ridge over their eyes. To help retain water and keep their skin moist, the frogs produce cacruleim—a milky secretion.

White's tree frogs can be emerald green to light blue to gray with white underbellies. They frogs have large toe pads and at least partial webbing between their fingers and toes. Females tend to be larger than males.

In the wild, White's tree frogs feast mainly on insects. They particularly enjoy moths, locusts, and cockroaches.

For reproduction, males deposit sperm clouds and then females expel their eggs with great force, pushing the eggs through the sperm cloud and into the water. A clutch can contain anywhere from 200 to 2,000 eggs.

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