Person’s Tree-frog (Litoria peronii) has many common names due to its colour variability and its distinctive a high-pitched cackle call. Amongst its common names are Emerald-spotted Tree-frog, Emerald-speckled Tree-frog, Laughing Tree-frog and Maniacal-cackle frog.
Male adult length: 44–53 mm, while females are 46–65 mm.
Current conservation status: Common
Appearance: This species is relatively large, and has broad round toe discs, yellow and black mottling behind the back legs, and tiny emerald green flecks on the back, which increse in numbers with age.
It has the ability to change colour in less than one hour, which makes it one of the most variabley coloured frogs in Australia. It varies in shades of grey and brown, where its lightest is almost white.
An important diagnostic characteristic, and uncommon in the genus Litoria, is pupils which appear cross-shaped (the reader might observe this cross-shape in the eyes shown in some of the photos). This characteristic is only shared with Tyler’s tree frog within the Litoria genus.
Breeding: Males start calling in about September/October and continue until December.
Habitat: Quite common in farmland with dams and swamps, where there are scattered large eucalypt trees, or where woodland is still present. This is the most arboreal frog occuring in the region, and may be found climbing up trees or shrubs and is often reported climbing up on window pane to catch insects at night. During the day the species may shelter in tree hollows and any loose bark in deep fissures in dead timber. In drier regions individuals shelter in rainwater tanks.
Distribution: Quite common in areas of suitable farmland and wooded areas in the region below 900 m.
Biology: Males usually call from dead trees, partly submerged logs, clumbs of rushes and reeds and other elevated perches in the water or at its edge. The tadpoles are very active and have a slightly striped appearance in the water. They are quite secretive, instantly dropping to a deeper depth in the water if they are disturbed.
Call: A loud descending rattle or cackle. A shorter chuckling sound is also made. This frog is often referred to as the "maniacle cackling frog", because of its call.
Points of interestAMA100: Amaroo Pond ANB100: ANBG pond ARA100: William Hovell/Bindubi ARA200: Bindubi St Gate ARA300: Eastern Bush Dam BAR050: Barracks Creek Dam 2 BAR200: Doyle Reserve N BIL100: Billabong Pond Watson BIN100: Farm dam Little Burra BLA100: Blackey's Hill, Uriarra Rd. BMT100: SW Dam BON300: Upper Stranger Bonython BSW001: Banksia St Wetland BUN100: Elmslea water quality ponds, Bungendore BUR100: Dam at 80 Hilltop Rd, Burra BUR200: Dam at front of 84 Hilltop Rd, Burra BUR350: Ireland Dam BUR400: Dam on Matthews property CAP100: Butterfield Property Site A Dam CAP300: Butterfield Property Site C, Whiskers Creek CAV100: Caves Quarry Dam CBR001: Callum Brae Site 1 CBR002: Callum Brae Site 2 CBR003: Callum Brae Site 3 CBR004: Callum Brae 4 CCG050: Double Dam CCG100: Woodland Dam CDD200: Top dam of Cecily Dignan Farm Dams CEQ100: Equestrian Park 1 CEQ200: Equestrian Park 2 CFR200: Hodgman's large dam CFR300: Molonglo off Capt Flat Rd CGH050: Hospital Ck 1 Namadgi CHC200: Calvary Hospital Drain 2, Bruce CHC300: Calvary Hospital Pond CMC100: Cooleman Ridge Dam CMC150: Dam near Chapman Water Tank CMC600: Mt Neighbor Dam CMC700: Kambah BMX Park CMC750: Fisher Dam CMM350: Downriver from Lanyon Homestead CMW500: Weston Creek Sediment Pond- former cross pollutant trap CON002: Condor Ck near pines CON100: Conder Wetland A CON110: Conder Wetland B COO100: Kathner Street Dam CRA300: Wells Stn/Gungahlin Dr CRW001: Crace Wetland Pond 1 CTP450: Murrays Corner CTP500: Tanners Flat Ck CTP510: Tidbinbilla River DGP001: Dunlop Grasslands Dam DIW100: Dickson Wetland DUC100: Duck Dam, Googong Dam Rd DUF100: Narrabundah Hill South DUF200: Narrabundah Hill North DUF300: Bushfire memorial dam FAD100: Fadden Hills FAD300: Wanniassa Hills Dam FAD500: Wanniassa Nature Reserve (North-east) FAR001: Farrer Ridge 1 FAR002: Farrer Ridge Dam 2 FAR003: Farrer Ridge drainage line FBM100: Glenloch Dam FBM200: Black Mtn Storage Yard FBM300: Black Mnt Path FBM400: Black Mnt Belconnen Way FBM500: Black Mnt SW FER100: Fernhill Park Bruce FGB001: Hollows Crescent FGB002: Refshauge Crescent FGC009: Jarramlee Pond FGC030: Gooromon Ponds Ck FGC091: Crago Place Billabong FGD005: John Knight Park FGD020: O'Connor Ridge Dam FGD030: AIS, Drain near bike path FGD040: Aranda Bushland Dam FMC040: Buttles Ck 1 QBN FMC100: Levee bank, Fisher St Ainslie FMC200: Mt Majura 1 FMC210: Mt Majura 2 FMC220: Mt Majura 3 FMC230: Mt Majura 4 Saddle FMF320: J R Hope Park FMW010: David St Wetland FOR001: Forde Wetland FOR002: Forde Pond FRA200: Edlington St Pond, Fraser FRA201: Halls Ck Fraser FTD010: TNR Top Weir/Brolga Pond FTD015: TNR Vets Centre FTD030: Kanga Dam, Warriwillah, Michelago FTD040: Wallaroo Dam, Warriwillah, Michelago FTD120: TNR Boardwalk FTD160: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Barbeque Swamp FTD165: TNR Bottom Dam FTD200: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Flints(?), large dam at top FTD250: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Flints(?), smaller dam at bottom FTP100: Isabella Pond FTT010: Tuggeranong Homestead GBY100: Backyard Pond, Fleetwood Smith St, Nicholls GOG001: Googong Dam, Tin Hut Dam GOG002: Googong Dam, Willow Crossing GOG003: Googong Dam, Plummers Dam GOG004: Burra Leaky Dam GUN100: Valley Ponds W/Scout Hall GUN300: Haystack Dam, gungahlin GUN700: Denoon Street Drain HAL001: Halls Creek @ Showground HAL002: Halls Creek, Pony Club, Hall HAL011: Halls Creek Showgroud Bridge - North HOL110: Holder wetlands HOS001: 175 Pollack Rd Hoskinstown Angus Adair's Farm ICH001: Illoura Paddock Dam ISA100: Cnr Long Gully Rd/Mugga Lane JBD100: John Bisset Property Farm Dam No1, larger than No2 JBD200: John Bisset Property Farm Dam No2, smaller than No1 JBT001: Melba wetland @ BMX JER020: Jerrabomberra Ck Lanyon Dr JER100: Jerrabomberra Creek at Barrett's JER500: JWs - Kelly's swamp @ Bittern Birdhide, WL#19 JER510: JWs - East of billabong, WL#22 JER520: JWs - Billabong, WL#21 JER530: JWs - Silt trap north, WL#18 JER540: JWs - btw billabong and industrial estate, WL#24 JER560: JWs - Fulica Hide, WL#16 JER570: JWs - Kelly's swamp south WL#19 JER580: JWs - Silt trap, inflow, WL#18 JER700: JWs - Eyrie Street Wetland KAM100: Kama Horse Paddocks, Dam 1, off William Hovell drive, Aranda KAM150: North Kama, south dam KAM200: Kama Dam 2 KAM300: Kama Horse Paddocks, Dam 3, off William Hovell drive, Aranda LAW100: Lawrence Pond, Higgins LBE200: Montague Place dam, Little Burra Estate, Googong LBE300: Dam at entrance to Little Burra Estate, Googong LDM100: Lookout Dam, Holt LWP100: Little Whiskers Rd Pond LWR100: Little Whiskers Rd River MCQ150: McQuoids Creek Large Dam MCW002: McKellar wetland 2 MFL001: First pond from entrance MFL002: 2nd pond from entrance MFL003: Shearing Shed Dam MFL004: Mulligans Flat Site 4 MFL005: 250m N of Woolshed MFL006: Mulligans Flat Site 6 MFL007: Mulligans Flat Site 7 MFL008: Northern Reserve MFL009: northern section of park MFL010: North side of Sutton Road MFL011: Largest dam South MFL012: near bird site 8 MFL013: SE dam near bird site 7 MFL014: Far east dam MFL015: East side of Mulligans Flat MFL016: Eastern reserve 1 MFL017: Eastern reserve 2 MFL018: In gully at foot of hill MFL020: near bird site 5 MFL021: near site 20 MFL022: MFL023: Daisy Gate dam MFL055: pond near MFL005 MGC200: Murrumbidgee Golf Course swampy spot MIT100: Gungahlin Cemetery MIT200: Hibberson St Pond, Mitchell MOL350: Misery Point MOL360: Happy Point MOL602: Beard Creek 1 MUR100: Top dam on Lewis property, Gang Gang, Murrumbateman MUR200: Chain of ponds on Lewis property Gang Gang, Murrumbateman MUR250: Lake Kevin MYR300: Top dam at Myrtle Rise, Hall NAD011: Arboretum Main Dam NAD034: Cork oak dam Lot 34 NAD036: Larch Dam Forest 36 NAS100: STEP dam Lot 100 NBP001: Nursery Inlet S pond NBP002: Nursery Inlet N Pond NBP003: Royal Golf Club NPG100: Gundaroo Common, North NUM999: Lake Numeralla ORA002: Orana School Dam OSR001: Dam 1. Front gate OSR002: Dam 2 OSR003: Dam 3. Big back dam OSR004: Dam 4 Swim Dam OSR005: Dam 5. Hidden Dam PAI200: Wildflower Triangle Dam PAI300: Bottom Dam Mt Painter PAR100: Parsons Property, Molonglo River at house. PAR200: Parsons Property, Molonglo River Site 2 PCF001: Pierces Creek dam PIN010: Backyard pond, Ambalindum St, Hawker PIN100: Pinnacle Dam, Hawker PIP010: Pipeline Creek Reserve, Jerrabomberra PLM100: Laver Farm Dam 1 PLM200: Laver Farm Dam 2 PLM300: Laver Farm, Gully Dam PLM310: Laver Farm, Gully Dam - 100m upstream from PLM300 PLM400: Laver Farm Dam 3 (on adjacent property) PNG100: Pinenut Grove House Dam QBN010: Lonergan Drive, Greenleigh QBN012: Mountain Rd Dam QBN465: QBN River downstr @ Dane St RBG001: Redbrow Gardens Lake RCD001: Rose Cottage paddock 8 RCD002: Rose Cottage paddock 7 RIV001: Riverview Dam Paddock Dam RIV002: Riverview River Paddock Dam RIV003: Riverview Conservation Area Dam SFF100: Stromlo Forest Dam Coombs SFF101: Stromlo Forest Retention Dam STI100: Molonglo River at Murrumbidgee STP040: Ginninderry Stormwater pond STP050: Strathnairn Gallery interim pond STP100: Strathnairn Main Pond STP150: Strathnairn Southern pond STR100: Strathhearn Dam, Gundaroo SUT100: Dam 1, Macrorrhyncha, Moseley Property, Sutton SUT101: Dam 2, Macrorrhyncha, Moseley Property, Sutton TAL001: Tallulah Dam 1 TAY100: Mt Taylor 1 TAY200: Mt Taylor 2 TBD001: Tannoch Brae Farm Dam TGN200: Gudgenby River below Naas Xing TRA100: Travica property TSC100: Tuggeranong Sporting Club Dam TSR048: Gundaroo-Gunning Road TUG100: North-East Lake Tuggeronong UBD015: Urila Bottom Dam UCM200: Mulligans Flat UC Site 2 UCM300: Mulligans Flat UC Site 3 UHD015: Urila Home Dam UMD004: Tharwa Sandwash UMD005: Point Hut Crossing, Gordon UMD006: Kambah Pool UMS002: Scottsdale Gongoandra Ck above ford UMS003: Scottsdale Gungoandra ck @ shed UMS004: Scottsdale Top Dam URI001: Uriarra Road permanent frog site (35) URI002: Uriarra Road. Pine Plantation Dam WAM003: Sylvia's Dam WAN001: Dam at 232 Wanna Wanna Road WEE001: Weetalabah, QBN WEE002: Weetalabah - site 2 WEE004: Weetalabah - site 4 WEE100: Weemalla Sarah's Wallaroo site WGC001: Woodhaven Golf Course XER002: Top Pond, CIT dept of Horticulture, Weston XER003: Middle or Large Pond, CIT dept of Horticulture YRR100: Yass River Reserve
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