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: Amaroo Pond ANB100: ANBG pond ANU021: Creek, near BLD 45 BAD200: Badja River below Maggies Xing BAD600: Badja River at Braidwood Road BAR020: Barracks Creek Dam 1 BAR050: Barracks Creek Dam 2 BAR200: Doyle Reserve N BIL100: Billabong Pond Watson BIN100: Farm dam Little Burra BIN200: Backyard Pond, BLU111: Condor @ Pabral Rd BLU300: Condor Ck upstream BRA100: Bradleys Creek, Upstream BRA200: Bradleys Creek, Downstream BSF127: Black Sally Flat BSW001: Banksia St Wetland 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's large dam CFR300: Molonglo off Capt Flat Rd CGH050: Hospital Ck 1 Namadgi CMC100: Cooleman Ridge Dam CMC150: Dam near Chapman Water Tank CMM900: Murrumbigee River at Mittagang Road Xing COB010: Cooma Back Ck confluence COB011: Cooma Back Ck Kerwan St COB012: Cooma Back Ck Showground COB013: Cooma Back Ck @ Coolamatong CON100: Conder Wetland A CON110: Conder Wetland B COO300: Cooma Ck @ Mittagang Xing COO350: Cooma Ck @ North Ridge COO400: Cooma Ck/Cooma Back Ck1 COO405: Cooma Ck/Cooma Back Ck 2 COO580: Cooma Ck @ Skatepark COO610: Cooma Ck Egan St COO615: Cooma Ck Albert St COO625: Cooma Ck Banksia Ln COO650: Cooma Ck @ Woodvale CRA300: Wells Stn/Gungahlin Dr CRW001: Crace Wetland Pond 1 CTP450: Murrays Corner CTT100: Lower Tuggeranong Ck CTT300: Upper Tuggeranong Ck DGP001: Dunlop Grasslands Dam DIW100: Dickson Wetland DUF100: Narrabundah Hill South FAR002: Farrer Ridge Dam 2 FBP001: W-Belconnen Pond FER200: Fernleigh Park at Jerrabomberra Creek Bridge FGB001: Hollows Crescent FGB002: Refshauge Crescent FGC009: Jarramlee Pond FGC015: Lawson Stormwater pond FGC020: College Ck Lawson FGC029: Fassifern pond FGC030: Gooromon Ponds Ck FGC031: Ginninderra Ck/Gooromon Ponds Ck FGC090: Ginninderra Ck Macgregor FGC091: Crago Place Billabong FGD005: John Knight Park FGD020: O'Connor Ridge Dam FGG010: Giralang Pond FGW200: Latham, Herron Creek FMC020: QBN River @ Barracks Flat FMC045: Buttles Ck 2 QBN 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 FTB010: Bogong Ck FTD010: TNR Top Weir/Brolga Pond FTD015: TNR Vets Centre FTD120: TNR Boardwalk FTD160: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Barbeque Swamp FTD165: TNR Bottom Dam FTD200: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Flints(?), large dam at top FTP100: Isabella Pond FTR020: Cotter Flats upper Cotter 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: Ginninderra Ck Amaroo GIN005: Ginninderra Creek at Percival Hill Nature Reserve, Nicholls GIN007: Ginninderra Ck @ Barton Hwy GIN008: Ginninderra Creek downstream from GIN007 GIN024: Umbagong Stepping Stones 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 GUN002: Gungahlin Pond Lexcen Ave GUN100: Valley Ponds W/Scout Hall GUN110: Valley Ponds East GUN200: Burgman Anglican School Pond GUN400: Gundaroo Native Forest, Large Dam GUN500: Gundaroo Creek GUN700: Denoon Street Drain HAL001: Halls Creek @ Showground HAL002: Halls Creek, Pony Club, Hall HAL005: TSR DAM W of Barton HWY HAL011: Halls Creek Showgroud Bridge - North HAR001: Harrison pond HOL110: Holder wetlands 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 JBT001: Melba wetland @ BMX JER020: Jerrabomberra Ck Lanyon Dr JER100: Jerrabomberra Creek at Barrett's JER500: JWs - Kelly's swamp @ Bittern Birdhide, WL#19 KAM150: North Kama, south dam 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 LWR100: Little Whiskers Rd River LWR200: Briar Sharrow Bridge LYW010: Lyneham Wetland MCQ150: McQuoids Creek Large Dam MCW001: McKellar wetland 1 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 MFL021: near site 20 MFL023: Daisy Gate dam MFL055: pond near MFL005 MIR100: Amaroo Ginninderra Crk MIT100: Gungahlin Cemetery MOL010: Molonglo River lagoon near River Street MOL600: Creek near Tannery Beard MOL602: Beard Creek 1 MTC051: Boboyan Rd Bridge MTC100: Old Boboyan Rd site, behind gate MTC121: Mt Clear Campground MTC122: Boboyan Rd Grassy Creek MUR100: Top dam on Lewis property, Gang Gang, Murrumbateman MYR300: Top dam at Myrtle Rise, Hall NAD011: Arboretum Main Dam NBP001: Nursery Inlet S pond NBP002: Nursery Inlet N Pond NRF052: Naas Valley Fire Trail 2 NRF055: Naas Valley Fire Trail 1 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 Numeralla ORA002: Orana School Dam ORR010: Orroral ValleyTreatment Pond ORR054: Orroral Valley Day visitor park ORR100: Orroral Valley Rock waterfall Stream OSR001: Dam 1. Front gate OSR002: Dam 2 OSR003: Dam 3. Big back dam OSR005: Dam 5. Hidden Dam OSR006: Dam 6 PAR100: Parsons Property, Molonglo River at house. PAR200: Parsons Property, Molonglo River Site 2 QBN010: Lonergan Drive, Greenleigh QBN430: Montgomery creek low bridge over Queanbeyan River QBN450: QBN River @ Doeberl 1 QBN455: QBN River @ Doeberl 2 QBN465: QBN River downstr @ Dane St QBN466: QBN River upstr @ Dane St RCD002: Rose Cottage paddock 7 SHA001: 2792 Shannons Flat Road SMO100: Smokers Flat STI100: Molonglo River at Murrumbidgee STP040: Ginninderry Stormwater pond STP050: Strathnairn Gallery interim pond STP100: Strathnairn Main Pond STP150: Strathnairn Southern pond STW009: West Belconnen Inflow SUT100: Dam 1, Macrorrhyncha, Moseley Property, Sutton SWA100: Fellows Pond, Ginninderra Crk TGC100: Glendale Crossing TGN200: Gudgenby River below Naas Xing TMC100: Middle Creek TMC110: Bogong Ck @ new gate TOR100: Orroral River Campsite TRA100: Travica property TRC100: Rendevous Creek UBD015: Urila Bottom Dam UHD015: Urila Home Dam UMS002: Scottsdale Gongoandra Ck above ford UMS003: Scottsdale Gungoandra ck @ shed UMS004: Scottsdale Top Dam WEE001: Weetalabah, QBN WEE002: Weetalabah - site 2 WEE004: Weetalabah - site 4 WEE100: Weemalla Sarah's Wallaroo site YFD100: Yuringa Farm Dam
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