Australian Wildlife

  Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax)

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog | Litoria fallax photo
The Eastern Sedgefrog is the smallest tree frog in Brisbane region. Also known as the Eastern Dwarf Treefrog. It grows to just 25mm long. It is very common in suburban gardens, although can be hard to spot. This poor specimen is dead - killed by our ferocious (not!) Spaniel.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog | Litoria fallax photo
This is the same dead frog as previous photo - shown with its long slender legs stretched out.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.


The Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog is green, pale brown or green above with white stripe from below the eye to the shoulder The underside is white and granular. The iris is golden. The hind surface of thighs orange. Toes have rounded pads.


Vegetation bordering swamps, streams, ponds and farm dams. In gardens shelters in plants such as bromeliads and banana trees. Often responds to plant watering by giving short calls.

insects and crustaceans.

Eggs laid singly or in small mats floating on surface of still water in summer months.

Coastal northern Queensland to southern NSW.

distribution map showing range of Litoria fallax in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name:Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog

Relatives in same Genus
  Striped Burrowing Frog (L. alboguttata)
  Green and Golden Bell Frog (L. aurea)
  Mountain Stream Tree Frog (L. barringtonensis)
  Tasmanian Tree Frog (L. burrowsae)
  Green Tree Frog (L. caerulea)
  Red-eyed Tree Frog (L. chloris)
  Blue Mountains Tree Frog (L. citropa)
  Bleating Tree Frog (L. dentata)
  Southern Brown Tree Frog (L. ewingi)
  Freycinet's Frog (L. freycineti)
  Dainty Tree Frog (L. gracilenta)
  Giant Tree Frog (L. infrafrenata)
  Jervis Bay Tree Frog (L. jervisiensis)
  Broad-palmed Frog (L. latopalmata)
  Lesueur's Tree Frog (L. lesueuri)
  Littlejohn's Tree Frog (L. littlejohni)
  Rocket Frog (L. nasuta)
  Leaf Green Tree Frog (L. nudidigita)
  Pearson's Tree Frog (L. pearsoniana)
  Peron's Tree Frog (L. peroni)
  Green Stream Frog (L. phyllochroa)
  Growling Grass Frog (L. raniformis)
  Whirring Tree Frog (L. revelata)
  Magnificent Tree Frog (L. splendida)
  Laughing Treefrog (L. tyleri)
  Verreaux's Tree Frog (L. verreauxi)
  Stoney Creek Frog (L. wilcoxi)