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Peppered tree frog

Australia

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Litoria piperata

Endangered

  • Death from the disease chytridiomycosis caused by the chytrid fungus
  • Habitat destruction and loss through man-made actions and activities
  • Habitat pollution in the form of agricultural-based chemicals

The Peppered Tree Frog, which only grows up to about 30 mm long only, can only be found along the rocky streams of the New England Tablelands in New South Wales, Australia.

It is characterised by its black-speckled green back, dark-striped shoulders, and a cream-hued underside. Like other tree frog species, its fingertips and toe tips have enlarged pads.

The Peppered Tree Frog already lives in a small range, making them more vulnerable to extinction when its ecosystem is disrupted by man-made actions and activities related to it. Population growth is difficult especially after continued land clearing to make way for agricultural expansion, timber harvesting, or grazing of wildlife cattle.

Introduction of predatory fish species within its natural habitat does not only disrupt the Peppered Tree Frog’s regular life cycle but also makes it an easy prey. Insecticides and herbicides that flow through the streams (from plants and vegetation in the surrounding areas) can also shorten the frog’s lifespan or cause fatal death.