Australian Amphibians, Australian Wildlife, Wildlife
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Green Tree Frog

Green Tree Frog Yawuru Conservation Area Broome Western Australia

When visiting the Broome Bird Observatory, it’s hard to miss the resident wildlife that gathers in and around the camp’s ablution blocks; from the highly venomous King Brown Snake (Pseudechis australis) to the harmless Stimson’s Python (Antaresia stimsonia), some of Australia’s notorious reptiles are drawn to this place to hunt Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea).

Green Tree Frog Broome Bird Observatory Western Australia

These ever smiling and relaxed amphibians love to live in toilet bowls – hence its nickname Dunny Frog – during the dry season, when water in the bush is scarce. Although it was easier to find them when flushing, the sight of the dust covered tree-climber was well worth the spotlighting effort.


  1. Talk about desperation, having to search for water in an Aussie toilet! Poor frogs… Although judging by the smiles on their faces they don’t seem to mind it as much.

    I’m sure having a snake or two in the ablutions helps to move things along quicker and keep the queues short!

    • Haha, they really like their second home, Dries – they even don’t mind being flushed as they’re real floaters. A King Brown would stop me from going to the toilet altogether, but when a Stimson’s Python hangs around I’ll be there just for the photo opportunity – they’re tiny but beautiful creatures.

    • Those tree frogs have adapted very well indeed, both frog and men are happily sharing the space although too many Kermits looking for solace might block the entire toilet system. Regarding etiquette, ach, I wouldn’t rule out some men don’t mind a bit of target practice 😉

  2. Hi Maurice, so you found a Green Tree Frog in the toilet bowl also, my wife did too while at the BBO . I read her what you wrote about the snakes, and she was glad she had not seen any there.

    • The snakes are elusive, you’d be lucky to see one, but the frogs were everywhere! I couldn’t avoid giving them a wet ‘n wild ride once in a while 😀

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