Have you see this frog?
Peron’s Tree Frog Litoria peronii, variously known as the Emerald-spotted Tree Frog, the Emerald-speckled Tree Frog, the Laughing Tree Frog, or my favourite, the Maniacal Cackle Frog, is on the edge of its range in Newstead. This one has been residing for some time in a ‘nice patch of habitat’ – in and around a lemon tree on the edge of town.
Peron’s Tree Frogs are found over much of south-eastern Australia, with the Murray Darling Basin a stronghold. They come in a variety of colours and can in fact change colour rapidly in response to a change in surroundings. This one is quite pale , with distinctive emerald-green spots over the back and legs. The call is unmistakable once you’ve heard it – a high-pitched hysterical cackling sound, hence it’s oft used common name. What a delight to have it here in Newstead – I’d be keen to hear about other local observations.
Many thanks to Dawn Angliss for this observation.