The Striped Rocket Frog is Australia’s unique amphibious treasure. Unlike other tree frogs that are bright, colorful, and full of attractive patterns, the Striped Rocket Frog is dark and dull. This frog species is classified as a tree frog but primarily terrestrial. The Striped Rocket Frog cannot climb trees; therefore, it spends its life on the ground.
The Striped Rocket Frog is a very swift jumper; it can spring up from the ground like a rocket, hence the name. This frog is also an active nocturnal frog that lies dormant during winter.
Below is further insight into the interesting facts about the Striped Rocket Frog.
Interesting Facts about the Striped Rocket Frog:
- The Striped Rocket Frog looks tiny with an angular streamlined body and slimy skin; its body is dark brown with dark brown stripes. It has noticeable blotches and spots on the entire body.
- The Striped Rocket Frog belongs to the Amphibian animal kingdom.
- The Striped Rocket Frog are common in the Australian subcontinent, Northern Cape York, Southern New Guinea, and New South Wales.
- The habitat of this frog includes open forests, grasslands, and woodlands.
- The Striped Rocket Frogs are solitary animals that come together during the mating season.
- A Striped Rocket Frog can live between 10 to 15 years.
- It produces a ‘wick-wick’ sound followed by a ‘but-but’ to attract mates. The call is quoted to sound like that of a duck.
- The tiny Striped Rocket Frogs are 6 to 9 cm long, while the giant frogs are 32cm long.
- This frog cannot move quickly because its feet are webbed, but it can hop and jump to an impressive range.
- The tiny frogs weigh 8g, while the giant frogs weigh 3.3kg.
- The Striped Rocket Frog eats insects, moths, insect larvae, spiders, and worms.
- The primary threat of the Striped Rocket Frog is the degradation of their habitats.
The Reproduction of the Striped Rocket Frog
- The Striped Rocket Frog starts breeding during the wet season between spring and summer when rain creates temporary water holes.
- The male frog croaks at night to announce its location and attract the ideal female.
- After mating, the female produces 50 to 100 eggs that float on the water’s surface.
- The brown or gold-colored tadpoles remain in the shallow water after being hatched.
- The tadpoles have temporary gills and long tails suitable for the aquatic environment.
- The tadpoles undergo metamorphosis after one or two months, lose tails and become adults with mature lungs.