Amphibians begin their life in the water using gills to breath and their tails to move through the water. They then spend their lives alternating between the water and land. They develop lungs and legs as they grow which they use for their land-based movements. Amphibians are cold-blooded creatures which means their body temperature is the same temperature as the air or water around them.
Learn more about the amphibians in our wildlife family.
WHITE LIPPED GREEN TREE FROG
- The white lipped green tree frog is also known as the “giant tree frog”.
- Their name is due to their lower lip which has a distinctive white stripe which continues to the shoulder.
- Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects, including those that transmit fatal illnesses to humans (for example mosquitoes and malaria).
- They change to a brown colour depending on the temperature and the background.
- Only male frogs croak and they do this to attract females who are larger than the males and grow to about 14 centimetres in length.
- This species is native to the rainforests of Northern Queensland, New Guinea, the Bismarck and as far away as the Admiralty Islands.