Comprehensive DescriptionRead full entry
This frog is one of the whistling tree frog group most commonly represented by Litoria verreauxii and Litoria ewengii. As such it looks like a much larger and more robust version of these two frogs (that grow to only 40mm). Females grow to 70 mm and males a little smaller at around 50mm. They are greyish-brown above (darkness depending on the background they have been against) with many darker spots and flecks and a black mask running from the nose to past the eyes and over the eardrum to the shoulder. The belly is cream to pink in colour and there are orange flash markings in the armpits, groin and backs of thighs. As noted before, the Heath Frog is similar in appearance to the Whistling Tree Frogs (Litoria verreauxii and L. ewengii), but is much larger and more robust. It was confused for a very long time with the Jervis Bay Tree Frog (L. jervisiensis) and some more of its apparent rarity may also be due to this confusion (they have very similar calls)- these two species are not hard to tell apart as the Jervis Bay Tree Frog is rather slender frog for its size with a pointyish nose whereas the Heath Frog is robust and has a rather standard rounded nose.
This description is partially based on information contributed by Frank Lemckert (pers. comm. 2003).