Pronunciation: Lit-tor-re-ah, dent-tah-tah
The Bleating Tree Frog is a small frog at about 40 – 44 mm SVL, and can be a light cream colour to darker colours, with breeding males becoming a yellow to lime yellow.
The Bleating Tree Frog is a tree frog (in the Hylidae family) and thus can climb. If the frog is brown and can climb, there are a few possibilities in the Sutherland Shire region (See Below).
1. The longitudinal band down the back is the main identifying feature of the Bleating Tree Frog.
3. If the frog has a band/stripe down its back and has small toe discs, with red inner thighs, it can be distinguished as a Whistling Tree Frog. These frogs sometimes have blotched patterns on the dorsum.
Distribution within Sutherland Shire region
Alfords Point – Unconfirmed
Bangor – Unconfirmed
Bonnet Bay – Unconfirmed
Bundeena – Uncommon
Caringbah – Rare
Engadine – Uncommon
Heathcote – Uncomfirmed
Holsworthy – Uncomfirmed
Illawong – Uncomfirmed
Kareela – RareKurnell – Uncommon
Lucas Heights – Unconfirmed
Maianbar – Unconfirmed
Menai – Unconfirmed
Royal National Park – Uncommon
Waterfall – Uncommon
This section will be updated as new data comes in. If there you have encountered this frog in a Sutherland Shire suburb which is not on this list, or is “unconfirmed” , please email email@example.com with a photo of the frog and the suburb it was found in, or contact us. This is greatly appreciated as this extra data can help get a better idea of frog distributions around Sutherland Shire.
How to attract them to your backyard
Retain native canopy coverage: Bleating Tree Frogs appear to overwinter within the canopy and are known shelter in tree hollows and bark exfoliations, as well as tree epiphytes such as Asplenium australasicum and Platycerium bifurcatum.
Shrubs adjacent to pond: Bleating Tree Frogs also appear to call from elevated situations next to ponds such as shrubs. Ensuring there are shrubs adjacent to ponds in your garden will give males a spot to call from and encourage breeding.
Warm water temperature; less shade: The Bleating Tree Frog primarily breeds in the warmest months of the year and requires warm water temperatures for tadpole development. Therefore you should ensure ponds get a lot of sun. Ensure the pond is not located right next to a fence or other structures which block sunlight. It is also advised to keep thick vegetation to the south of the pond so that the vegetation does not obstruct sunlight. It is okay if the pond is in such a sunny position that it dries up. Bleating Tree Frogs appear to favour ponds which have a tendency to dry up (ephemeral).
Native plants to consider:
- Lilly Pilly – Acmena smithii
- Smooth Barked Apple – Angophora costata
- Bangalow Palm – Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
- Blackbutt – Eucalyptus pilularis
- Cabbage Palm – Livistona australis
- Bird’s Nest Fern – Asplenium australasicum
- Elkhorn Fern – Platycerium bifurcatum
- Staghorn Fern – Platycerium superbum