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Green and Golden Bell Frog

(Litoria aurea)


Category: Amphibians



Even though they are perfectly good climbers, this species of tree frog prefers to live on the ground. They are one of Australia’s largest frogs and are mostly active during the day. They have voracious appetites and cannibalism sometimes occurs. Their call is a long, deep droning croak, followed by a series of shorter grunts that sound like a revving motorcycle.

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Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Hylidae
Genus - Litoria
Species - L. aurea

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Caecilians: The Limbless Enigma

Caecilians are amphibians with long, limbless bodies that resemble worms or snakes more than frogs or salamanders. Their name means “blind ones,” a reference to their tiny, skin-covered (or in some cases, non-existent) eyes - which probably don’t get much use, as they spend most their lives burrowing underground. Caecilians are unusual for amphibians in that 75% of them give birth to live young, oftentimes, fully formed. There are also a few species where the mother actually grows a layer of nutritious, fatty skin that is eaten off by her own young, which is analogous to breastfeeding in mammals.

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