Backyard Buddies
Peron’s Tree Frog

Photo: Carmen Welss

Peron’s Tree Frog

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The Peron’s Tree Frog is a noisy creature. Just when we are getting ready for bed, these buddies are starting their evening call.

The Peron’s Tree Frog looks almost identical to the Tyler’s Tree Frog. One of the best ways to tell them apart is by their calls. The Peron’s Tree Frog sounds more like heavy machinery whereas the Tyler’s Tree Frog’s call is more like a cackling laugh.

Depending on light, temperature, and moisture, the Peron’s Tree Frog can appear in a range of different colours. Not only do these frogs have the ability to change colour, they are able to do so in a matter of seconds.

You are more likely to see this buddy in shades of white during the day and brown at night but they always have green speckles on their back, which is where it gets its other name: the Emerald Spotted Tree Frog.

This tree frog has a varied diet. They are generalised insectivores which means they will eat any bug that moves. The Peron’s Tree Frog catches its prey by observing even the tiniest movement their prey makes.

You can make your backyard friendlier for Peron’s Tree Frogs

A garden with a variety of plants and a water source is the best place to start when making these tree frogs feel at home. If you haven’t already got one, why not put a pond in your garden?

While the Peron’s Tree Frog spends most of its time in trees and the downpipes on our houses, they still need to breed in the cool, fresh water of a pond.

Simple things that you do can make a huge difference to Australia’s animals. That’s why the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is running Backyard Buddies— to give you tips to help.

What is a backyard buddy?

Backyard buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, our beaches and waterways, our backyards and our parks. The Peron’s Tree Frog is a backyard buddy.

Backyard buddies are also the local people who value the living things around them, like Peron’s Tree Frogs, and are willing to protect and encourage them by doing a few simple things around their own homes.

So you can be a backyard buddy.

Be a backyard buddy

It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps.

Step one is to find out what Peron’s Tree Frog do and do not like.

Peron’s Tree Frogs love:

Downpipes – to amplify their mating calls.

Insects – a nutritious meal and free pest control.

Garden Ponds – to lay their eggs on and have a swim in on hot days.

But they don't like:

Large fish – which often eat their tadpoles.

Insecticide – as it contaminates the insects they eat and pollutes the water they live in.

Dry, hot areas – which leave them feeling parched and breathless.

Chytrid fungus – a disease that attacks the keratin in their skin, damaging their nervous system and making it hard to breathe.

Be a Peron’s Tree Frog buddy

Try to:

Avoid:

Don't be surprised if:

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