Striped Rocket Frog

A male Striped Rocket Frog, Litoria nasuta, giving its mating call. The Striped Rocket Frog, Litoria nasuta

Litoria nasuta

Identification:

The Striped Rocket Frog is moderate-sized, with a pronounced pointed snout and warts and skin folds along its back.  The back is grey to dark brown with longitudinal stripes.  There is a broad dark stripe on the side of the face.  The belly is white and the back of the thigh is yellow with brown stripes.  It grows to 45 mm.

Distribution:

Found across far northern Australia and down the east coast as far south as Gosford, New South Wales.

Habitat:

Lives in open forests, woodlands and grasslands.

Habits:

A fast, long-legged species that is capable of high jumps.

Breeding:

Breeds in still pools.  The eggs are laid in clumps on the water’s edge.

Call:

A clucking call with two distinct sounds - `cluc-cluc-cluc-wek-wek-wek-wek…’

Similar species:

This frog is most similar to Freycinet’s Frog (Litoria freycineti) from south-estern Queensland and northern New South Wales.  Freycinet’s Frog has shorter legs than L. nasuta.

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