Growling Grass Frog
Also: Green and Golden Frog, Southern Bell Frog, Warty Swamp Frog
+ 56 kb Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis)
A widespread but only locally common frog, populations of which may be in decline. A close relative of Litoria aurea this frog also preys on other frogs and is active by day.
Distribution and habitat
Adults are usually found close to or in water or very wet areas in woodlands, shrublands, and open and disturbed areas. Eggs and tadpoles can be found in permanent lakes, swamps, dams, and lagoons with still water.
There is a detailed distribution map available for: Victoria.
Males usually call while floating in open water. The call is a growl of about one second duration - "crawark-crawark-crok-crok".
Copyright Murray Littlejohn. Recorded by Murray Littlejohn. Must not be reproduced without permission.
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The eggs are pigmented and contained within a floating jelly raft which later breaks up and sinks. The tadpoles are pinkish-grey with yellowish fins. Adults are bright emerald to dull olive green with brown and/or gold blotches on a warty back. The tympanum (ear) is distinct, as is the dorso-lateral fold.
Presented here is the information stored in the frogs.org.au database which is used to identify frogs based on their appearance. It is intended to be used in a key guide for separating species so some of the information (for example, back colours) may be rather non-specific. The system is currently being developed - if you notice errors in the data, please write to Dave Black at the address at the bottom of the page.
Important note: This information details only the appearance of the frog. If an "or" appears in the description, this may mean either that there is some variation within the species or that the feature might be observed differently by different people. For example, if a frog has very small toe pads, it may be listed as having "Toe pads: present or absent".
Up to greater than 90mm
Eyes, hands, and feet
Toe pads: present
Webbing on feet: full-webbing
Colour: single colour
Pattern: plain or mixed / marbled
Colour: single colour or multi-coloured
Glands and tubercles
Parotoid gland: absent
Tibial gland: absent
Metatarsal tubercles: Non-keratinised glands present (fleshy or uncoloured) or absent
Similar species (note: this version was written for Victorian species).
Litoria raniformis image gallery
The scientific names of Litoria raniformis
- Chirodryas raniformis (Keferstein 1867)
- Hyla aurea major (Copland 1957)
- Litoria raniformis (Keferstein 1867)