White Tree Frog, also known as the Dumpy Tree Frog is native to Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It lives in coastal areas, but may also be found in drier areas near cisterns, man-made water reservoirs, and other areas in which water may collect.
Dumpy Frogs are very docile. They are nocturnal and come out in early evenings to call and hunt at night. During the day they find cool, dark, and moist areas to sleep. During winter, Dumpy frogs do not call and are not usually seen.
Dumpy frog is usually green to blue, or brown in color, but may also be a very rare piebald. They can live up to 20 years, although 15 is more common. Females are usually larger than males, reaching up to 5 inches in size. During breeding season, the males will develop a dark “nuptial pad” on the inside of the “thumb.” This helps them grip the female during mating.
Toxins explain why this frog will rest for ages on a stranger’s hand. When seriously annoyed it produces from the skin a milky secretion known to kill blowflies. It emits a peanut butter odour as well, and anyone who inhales deeply near a distressed tree frog will suffer nausea and headaches.