Whistling Tree-frog or Verreaux’s Tree-frog has two sub-species: Whistling Tree-frog (Litoria verreauxii verreauxii), widespread and common across eastern Australia, and Alpine Tree-frog (L. v. alpina), which has a very restricted range and has suffered massive declines.
Current conservation status: Common.
Appearance: A terrestrial species with relatively poor climbing ability. It is light brown to red brown above and has a dark brown or black stripe from in front of the nostrils, continuing through the eye to the base of the forelimb. A broad, brownish, mid-dorsal marking, which starts between the eyes and extends to the vent, is also present. The thighs and backs of the legs are red with small black spots, with some larger black spots present on the fronts of the thighs. The belly is white. Green coloured forms of L. v. verreauxii (see image) have been sited at Garuwanga near Nimmitabel and other, higher elevation locations.
Length: 30 to 35mm.
Breeding: Males commence calling in May or June, when winter rains have filled farm dams and other breeding pools, and if weather remains moist, breed through until October or November.
Habitat: Found in the open valleys and cleared pasture country in the region, particularly in areas where there are large shallow pools and stock ponds, During the non-breeding season, they are secretive and rarely seen. Individuals may sometimes be found beneath logs and tussocks or under flat stones in streambeds, or in rocky areas near streams.
Distribution: Abundant in the region.
Biology: Males usually call whilst partially submerged, or floating in water. Amplexus takes place in the water and eggs are wound around submerged vegetation in large jelly-like clumbs. Tadpoles can be found in pools during late spring and early summer, Metamorphosis occurs in early summer with newly emerged froglets being about 15mm in length.
Call: A repeated whistling "cree...cree...cree...cree...cree...".
Points of interestAMA100: Upper Ginninderra Creek, Amaroo Pond ANB100: National Botanic Gardens ANU021: Creek, next to building 45. BAD200: Badja River below Maggies Xing BAD600: Badja River at Braidwood Road BAR020: Upper Dam, west arm Barracks Creek QBN BAR050: Lower Dam, west arm Barracks Creek QBN BAR200: Doyle Reserve, QBN BIL100: Billabong Park stormwater retention pond, Watson BIN100: Farm dam Little Burra BIN200: Backyard Pond, BRA100: Bradleys Creek, Upstream BRA200: Bradleys Creek, Downstream BSW001: Banksia Street Wetland - Oconnor BUN100: Elmslea water quality ponds, Bungendore BUN200: Elmslea Estate Pond, Bungendore BUR350: Ireland Dam CAP200: Butterfield Property Site B Dam CAP400: Molonglo River, Captains Flat south CDD200: Top dam of Cecily Dignan Farm Dams CFR100: Molonglo River on Reynolds property, near Balcombe Hill CFR200: Hodgman Property, large dam CFR300: Molonglo River, just off Captains Flat Rd CGH050: Hospital Creek, Namadgi National Park CMC100: Cooleman Ridge, Old Dam CMC150: Dam near Chapman Water Tank CMM900: Murrumbigee River at Mittagang Road Xing COB010: Cooma Back Creek at confluence COB011: Cooma Back Creek at Kerwan Street COB012: Cooma Back Creek at Showground CON100: Conder Wetlands, pond A CON110: Conder Wetlands, pond B COO013: Cooma Back Creek at Lambie Gorge COO350: Cooma Creek at North Ridge COO400: Cooma Creek downstream of confluence with Cooma back Creek COO405: Cooma creek upstream of Cooma Back Creek confluence COO500: Cooma Creek at Albert St COO580: Cooma Creek at Skatepark COO610: Cooma Creek at Egan Street COO625: Cooma Creek at Banksia Lane CRA300: Crace, Wells Station and Gungahlin Dr CRW001: Crace Wetland Pond 1 CTP450: Murrays Corner CTT100: Lower Tuggeranong Creek CTT300: Upper Tuggeranong Creek, Theodore DGP001: Dunlop Grasslands Dam DIW100: Dickson Wetland, Hawdon Street DUF100: Narrabundah Hill, Southern dam FAR002: Farrer Ridge Dam 2 FBP001: West Belconnen Pond. GPT Outflow Point FER200: Fernleigh Park at Jerrabomberra Creek Bridge FGC009: Jarramlee Pond Dunlop FGC029: Fassifern pond FGC030: Gooromon Ponds Creek, Dunlop FGC031: Ginninderra Ck above confluence with Gooromon Ponds Ck FGC090: Ginninderra Creek, Macgregor FGC091: Ginninderra Creek Billabong, at Macgregor, via Crago Place FGD020: Oconnor Ridge Dam FGG010: Giralang Pond, Giralang FGW200: Latham, Herron Creek FMC020: Queanbeyan River at River Reserve Barracks Flat FMC045: Buttles creek Queanbeyan FMC200: Mt Majura Dam, bottom, via McKenzie St. FMC210: Mt Majura Nature Reserve, top dam, via McKenzie St FMC220: Mt Majura Dam, lower, via Jukes St FMC230: Mt Majura dam at saddle - Doogie Dam FMF320: Justice Robert Hope Park Dam FMW010: David St Wetland, Oconnor FOR001: Forde Wetland between Horse Park Drive and Neil Harris Cres FOR002: Forde Pond FRA200: Edlington St Pond, Fraser FRA201: Halls Creek, Fraser FTB010: Bogong Creek, Namadgi National Park FTD010: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Top Weir/Brolga Pond FTD015: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Vets Centre FTD120: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Boardwalk Pond FTD160: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Barbeque Swamp FTD165: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Bottom Dam FTD200: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Flints(?), large dam at top FTR010: Orroral River Campsite, Namadgi NP FTR020: take out? Cotter Flats, upper Cotter River, Namadgi NP FTT010: Tuggeranong Homestead GAR100: Garuwanga site 1, home dam, Nimmatabel GAR200: Garuwanga site 2, hooded robin dam, Nimmatabel GAR300: Garuwanga site 3, Kydra River, Nimatabel GAR400: Garuwanga site 4, Winnifred Creek, Nimatabel GIN002: Amaroo, Footbridge at Mirrabei Drive GIN005: Ginninderra Creek at Percival Hill Nature Reserve, Nicholls GIN007: Ginninderra Creek d/s of Barton Highway, Giralang GIN008: Ginninderra Creek downstream from GIN007 GIN024: Ginninderra Creek at Umbagong Stepping Stones, Latham GLE100: Glen Esk dam near old piggery, Murrumbateman GOG001: Googong Dam, Tin Hut Dam GOG002: Googong Dam, Willow Crossing GOG003: Googong Dam, Plummers Dam GOG004: Burra Leaky Dam GOG005: Googong Burra Creek, Homestead Crossing GUN001: Gungahlin Pond GUN100: Gungahlin Scout Hall Dam GUN110: Gungahlin Scout Hall Dam EAST, GUN200: Burgman Anglican School Pond GUN400: Gundaroo Native Forest, Large Dam GUN500: Gundaroo River - Creek 1 GUN700: Denoon Street Drain HAL001: Halls Creek Showground Bridge, Hall HAL002: Halls Creek, Pony Club, Hall HAL011: Halls Creek Showgroud Bridge - North HAR001: Harrison pond HOL100: Holder drainage channel HOS001: 175 Pollack Rd Hoskinstown Angus Adair's Farm JBD100: John Bisset Property Farm Dam No1, larger than No2 JBD200: John Bisset Property Farm Dam No2, smaller than No1 JER100: Jerrabomberra Creek at Barrett's JER500: JWs - Kelly's swamp @ Bittern Birdhide, WL#19 KIP001: Kippax Creek, Holt LBE300: Dam at entrance to Little Burra Estate, Googong LDM100: Lookout Dam, Holt LGC001: Nerin Nerin Ck, Lake George, Federal HWY Lookout LWP100: Little Whiskers Rd, Pond Site LWR100: Little Whiskers Rd, River Site LWR200: Briar Sharrow Bridge LYW010: Lyneham Wetland MCQ150: McQuoids Creek Large Dam MCW001: McKellar wetland, constructed 2000 MCW002: McKellar wetland, constructed 2004 MFL001: First pond from entrance MFL002: Second pond from entrance MFL003: Shearing Shed Dam MFL004: Mulligans Flat Site 4 MFL005: MFL006: Mulligans Flat Site 6 MFL007: Mulligans Flat Site 7 MFL008: In northern section of park, MFL009: northern section of park MFL010: North side of Sutton Road MFL011: Large dam near southern border MFL012: near bird site number 8 MFL013: Dam in SE of reserve near bird site 7 MFL014: most easterly dam in park MFL015: East side of Mulligans Flat MFL016: Eastern end of reserve MFL017: Eastern side of reserve MFL018: In gully at foot of hill MFL021: near site 20 MFL023: Daisy Gate Small dam MFL055: pond near MFL005 MIR100: Drain into Ginninderra Crk MIT100: Gungahlin Cemetary, Mitchell MOL010: Molonglo River lagoon near River Street MOL600: Creek near Tannery Beard MOL602: Beard Creek 1 MUR100: Top dam on Lewis property, 'Gang Gang", Murrumbateman MYR300: Top dam at Myrtle Rise, Hall NAD011: National Arboretum Dam NBP001: Southern pond at Nursery Inlet NBP002: Northern pond at Nursery Inlet NUM040: Numeralla River Mt Forest Xing NUM050: Numeralla River Stokes’ Xing NUM060: Kybeyan River at Numeralla River confluence NUM070: Numeralla River below Kybeyan River confluence NUM080: Numeralla River below Badja River confluence NUM090: Numeralla River Ford at Arnika NUM100: Numeralla River PP Board Xing NUM200: Numeralla River West NUM220: Numeralla River at Murrumbidgee River confluence NUM999: Lake Numerella ORA002: Orana School Dam ORR100: Orroral Valley: Rock waterfall Stream, Namadgi NP OSR001: Dam 1. Front gate OSR002: Dam 2 OSR003: Dam 3. Big back dam OSR006: Dam 6 PAR100: Parsons Property, Molonglo River at house. PAR200: Parsons Property, Molonglo River Site 2 QBN010: 33 Lonergan Drive, Greenleigh QBN430: Montgomery creek low bridge over Queanbeyan River QBN450: Queanbeyan River at Doeberl Reserve QBN455: Queanbeyan River adj Barracks Flat Drive east of Doerbel St. QBN465: Queanbeyan River adj Dane St QBN466: Queanbeyan River adj Dane St RCD002: Rose Cottage paddock 7 dam SHA001: 2792 Shannons Flat Road SMO100: take out? Smokers Flat, Namadgi NP STI100: Molonglo River at Murrumbidgee STP050: Strathnairn Gallery interim pond STP100: Strathnairn Gallery Main Pond STP150: Strathnairn Gallery Southern pond STW009: West Belconnen Pond Sth Inflow SUT100: Dam 1, "Macrorrhyncha", Moseley Property, Sutton SWA100: Fellows Pond, Ginninderra Crk TGC100: Glendale Crossing, Namadgi NP TGN200: Gudgenby River below Naas Crossing TMC100: Middle Creek, Namadgi NP TOR100: Orroral River Campsite, Namadgi NP TRA100: Travica property, Gundaroo. Lower Dam TRC100: Rendevous Creek, Namadgi NP UBD015: Urila Bottom Dam UHD015: Urila Home Dam, UMS002: Scottsdale Gongoandra Creek, above ford UMS003: Scottsdale, Gungoandra creek, at shed UMS004: Scottsdale, Top Dam, WAM001: Wamboin Community Centre Dam WAM005: Merran's Pond, Bywong WEE001: Weetalabah, QBN WEE002: Weetalabah - site 2 WEE004: Weetalabah - site 4 WEE100: Weemalla, Fairview Rd, Wallaroo Sarah's site YFD100: Yuringa Farm Dam FGB001 Hollows Crescent Pond FGB002 Refshauge Crescent Pond West Belconnen
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