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Plains brown tree frog
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Scientific classification
  • Litoria paraewingi (Watson, Loftus-Hills, and Littlejohn, 1971)
  • Rawlinsonia paraewingi (Wells and Wellington, 1985)

The plains brown tree frog, plain tree frog or Victoria frog (Litoria paraewingi) is a frog from Australia. It lives in southern Australia just north of Melbourne, in Victoria and New South Wales.

The adult male is 2.1 to 2.8 cm long and the adult female is 3.4 to 3.6 cm long. It is pale brown in colour with a stripe from its nose over its eyes and down its body. Parts of its legs are pale yellow or orange. It looks very similar to the brown tree frog.

This frog can live in forests or grasslands. It lives in bodies of water that are still or slow-flowing, like creeks, ditches, lakes, and slow parts of rivers.

The plains brown tree frog is closely related to the brown tree frog, enough that they can have babies together when they meet in the wild, though this is rare. Scientists studied the nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA of hybrid frogs and they found that it was male plains brown tree frogs mating with female brown tree frogs more than half the time.

They lay eggs on underwater plants.

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