Frogs you’ll find on the North Shore

Leaf Green Stream Frog (Litoaria phyllochroa)
Leaf Green Stream Frog (Litoaria phyllochroa)

*Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes peronii), a common ground frog, it lives in leaf litter and makes a distinctive “tok tok” sound.

*Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii), a common tree frog also known as the Emerald Spotted Tree Frog, it has a distinctive laughing call and can change colour from almost white to very dark brown.

*Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax), a tiny reasonably common tree frog, usually green these frogs can also turn a light tan colour.

*Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea), not as common in urban areas as it used to be, this species is one of the largest and most well known in Australia and can live for up to 35 years.

* Leaf Green Stream Frog (Litoaria phyllochroa), a reasonably common Sydney frog associated with creeks and streams where they breed, but also found visiting urban gardens in safe, wet places such as the wells of self-watering pots. Photo credit: Stephen Mahony.

* Eastern Stony Creek Frog (Litoria wilcoxii), found just north of Sydney. Males of this species turn bright yellow during the breeding season to improve their chances of successfully finding a mate. Photo credit: Stephen Mahony.

Want to know more?

*For general frog information, field trips and to find fellow frog fanciers, hop onto the Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW website:

*To convert your swimming pool to a pond, check out Ku-ring-gai Council’s webpage, ‘ Pool to Pond’ at

*The Australian Museum’s FrogID project FrogID is a free app from the Australian Museum which provides users with a free up-to-date guidebook of Australian frog with photos and call recordings, and allows them to record frogs anywhere in Australia and have them identified by a Museum expert.

This is important to conservation of our frogs because it provides a library of scientifically verifiable data which can be studied to help inform conservation efforts into the future.

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