Nyctimystes infrafrenatus — White-lipped Treefrog
Some other names for this species:
White-lipped Green Treefrog, Giant Treefrog, Australasian Giant Green Treefrog
We stayed past dark at the northernmost tip of Cape Tribulation that can be reached without four-wheel drive so that we could drive through the rainforest at night, hoping for snakes, nocturnal mammals, and other fun creatures. As we were slowly cruising south, this huge frog landed square in the middle of the road in front of us, apparently having fallen from the heavens. It might have misjudged a jump from branch to branch, or maybe this was just its favorite way of getting down from the top of the rainforest canopy, because it seemed no worse for the wear after its primarily vertical journey. I, ahem, hopped out of the car to escort it to the side of the road and got a few pictures.
Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.
- Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., Tyler, M. J. 1995. A Field Guide to Australian Frogs
- Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition
- Hoser, R. T. 1989. Australian Reptiles & Frogs