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Lesuer's Frog

Lesueurs Frog
 
Photo: C & D Frith
Australian Tropical
Reptiles & Frogs

Other Names: 'Stony Creek Frog': Litoria lesueri

  • A predominantly terrestrial amphibian
  • A powerful leaping frog, it may be encountered a fair way from water.
  • Upper colouration is variable from pale fawn through to a dark brown colour. Males can also become quite yellow.

Habitat:

  • These frogs are tolerant of habitats from heath and dry sclerophyll forests to heavy wet rainforests.
  • However they favour shallow rocky streams.

Size:

  • At a maximum of seven centimetres, the Lesueur's Frog is the largest of the Litoria species.

Call:

  • The male call is described as a gentle purring trill repeated in a time span of two or three seconds, heard sometime during the daylight hours.

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

  • It has a darker brown stripe from the snout and through the eye and over the distinct tympanum.

  • There seems to be two types of the same species which are found all the way along the east coast of Australia.

  • The tropical North east Queensland form is a bit smaller, coloured leaf brown to quite bright yellow in breeding males.

  • They have white undersides with black and either blue or yellow patterns on the back of the legs serving as the 'flash colours'.

  • The North Queensland form of this species has some interesting reproduction behaviours: after mating on the bottom of a stream underwater, the frog makes a small circular nest in the sand and leaf litter at the side of small freshwater stream, and lays the eggs inside (Barker et al 1995).

  • It seems to be one of the more common adaptable frogs and can be found in a range of habitats and situations including around close to urban and rural areas.

  • As suggested by the common name both forms are indeed often found along stony creeks beds, in gullies, and along rocky dirt roads and tracks in the tropical rainforest.
    Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

    Lesuer's Frogs of the Lamington National Park.

Additional Lesuer's Frog Photos

Additional Leuser's Frog Photos 2


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