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Hidden-ear frog
Scientific classification
Ranoidea (genus)
Litoria cryptotis map-fr.svg
Where the hidden ear frog lives.
  • Cyclorana cryptotis Tyler, 1977
  • Litoria (Cyclorana) cryptotis Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006
  • Dryopsophus cryptotis Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016
  • Ranoidea cryptotis Dubois and Frétey, 2016

The hidden-ear frog or earless water-holding frog (Ranoidea cryptotis) is a frog from Australia. It lives in the Kimberly region in the Ord and Fitzroy Valleys. It lives in Western Australia and small parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The adult male frog is 3.4 to 4.6 cm long. The adult female frog is 3.6 to 4.8 cm long. This frog has a round body and a small head. It does not have any webbing on its front feet. This frog can be gray or brown. Adult frogs can have a mottled pattern. It has five stripes running across its body from the sides. They can be bright orange in color.

This frog waits for wet weather before it lays eggs. It lays its eggs in pools of water. The water can be very hot, 40°C. It can be white and full of clay. The tadpoles can be 4.6 cm long. They have five rows of teeth, two on the top and three on the bottom. The tadpoles take about one month to become frogs.

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