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Alpine Tree Frog - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Litoria verreauxii alpina
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 15 Mar 2002
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The Alpine Tree Frog is a relatively small tree frog, growing to about 3 cm long. Colouration is highly variable; there are green, brown and grey forms. They have a black stripe from the nostrils, through the eyes, to the top of the foreleg, and a (usually divided) broad brown stripe from the eyes and down the back. The distinguishing feature of the Alpine Tree Frog is its warty back, whereas the lowland Whistling Tree Frog is generally smooth. The call is a "trilled whistle ‘cree…cree…cree…’", heard in late spring and summer. Tadpoles grow to about 4 cm and have a dark olive brown back and a coppery sheen on the sides and underneath.


The Alpine Tree Frog occurs in the south-eastern NSW and Victorian high country (alpine and sub-alpine zones) generally above 1100 m asl. Most locations are within National Park and some are close to alpine resorts.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in a wide variety of habitats including woodland, heath, grassland and herb fields.
  • Breed in natural and artificial wetlands including ponds, bogs, fens, streamside pools, stock dams and drainage channels that are still or slow flowing.
  • It does not climb well, and spends most of its time on the ground.
  • Eats beetles, flies, spiders and moth larvae.
  • Breeding occurs in December.
  • Males call from the water at the edges of the pools, and eggs are attached to submerged vegetation.
  • Tadpoles metamorphose into froglets in late summer.
  • Non-breeding habitat and overwintering refuges are poorly known but are likely to include flat rocks, fallen logs, leaf litter and other ground debris.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Australian AlpsSnowy Mountains Known Above 1000 m altitude
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Predicted Above 1000 m altitude
South Eastern HighlandsBondo Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsMonaro Known Above 1000 m altitude