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White's Tree Frog

Very docile and not afraid of humans! (other names: Litoria caerulea, Dumpy Tree Frog, Smiling Tree Frog)

White's Tree Frog
origin:Australia and Southern New Guinea
life expectancy:16 years or more
size: Large
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The White's Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea), nicknamed “Dumpy Tree Frog” or  “Smiling Tree Frog”,  is an arboreal frog native to areas with a warm, wet tropical climate like the northern and eastern regions of Australia and southern New Guinea and is one of the 131 species belonging to the genus Litoria. This frog was named after the first scientist (John White, a British Surgeon) to describe the species, around 1790. The nickname “Dumpy Tree Frog” derives from the large fatty folds of skin these frogs develop on their heads. Indeed they are quite voracious and have a tendency to become obese. “Smiling Frog” comes from their mouth appearance. The White's Tree Frog lives mostly in trees, rather then in or near water. Their favourite environment is moist forests but their rubbery skin helps them to retain water and live in drier milieus. During the dry season they taking refuge in tree hollows or cover themselves in a cocoon to keep moist. They are very adaptable and it is not uncommon to find them in agricultural and suburban areas, near human dwellings, around water tanks and cisterns. During dry seasons some have been found on windows, eating insects, or even inside the houses looking for water and food. These frogs’ skin secretions have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Some scientists claim that they also segregate some peptides that destroy the HIV without affecting health. The White's Tree Frogs are very docile, easy to keep and are not afraid of humans, which has made them one of the most favoured exotic pets throughout the world.
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