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Monday, 23 July 2012

Cute Frog With White Lips!

image credit jj harrison via wikipedia 

Wow… what an incredibly cute frog! With a distinctive white stripe that runs along its lower lip, this tropical species which is known as the White-lipped tree frog is one of the biggest “tree frogs" in the world. Found in forests and gardens, it feeds after dark on insects and other arthropods. As shown on the image, the White-lipped tree frog has large adhesive discs on its toes which assist it while climbing. It spends much of its life in trees, thus being agile when moving among vegetation, but on the other hand, it does not move as well on the ground. During the breeding season, adults descend and females lay about 400 or more eggs in the water. The tadpoles feed on aquatic plants and algae and when they have metamorphosed into frogs they leave the water and make their way up into the trees. 

The White-lipped tree frog (Litoria infrafrenata) is on the IUCN Red List for Endangered Species as Least Concern (LC). It has a wide distribution and is adapted to many different habitats.

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