striped rocket frog (Litoria nasuta) is a wild animal, which belongs to the amphibians found on the Australian mainland and on some of its islands. It is related to other frogs of the Litoria species, which belong to the Hylidae family. These frogs are characterized by having very aerodynamic bodies and having remarkable agility in their jumps.

Striped rocket frog
Striped rocket frog

Features

The striped rocket frog belongs to the Invertebrate animals. It is easily identifiable due to its small size and the pair of skin folds that simulate vertically aligned stripes that it has on its back. The skin is usually dark brown with dark spots on the back and legs. Its body is narrow and aerodynamic that allows it to move agilely both in the water and in the air.

Its legs are incredibly long and powerful, making it propelled long distances (comparable to its size). It is actually a tree frog, but it spends most of its life on the ground because its fingers are not good enough to climb trees with ease.

Behavior

The striped rocket frog is a diurnal animal. As in all frogs, they flee when they detect the least danger. To do this, it will jump thanks to its adapted body. The jump can be up to about 2 m, which is 36 times its length. If we compare it to a 1,8ft human, it would jump about 64,8m long. (Which is something impossible for the human being).

Habitat

The striped rocket frog is primarily found in coastal areas of Australia from northern Western Australia to southern New South Wales, although it can also be found in lowland areas of the tropical Indonesian island of Papua New Guinea. It is found in a wide variety of wet biomes including swamps, ponds, and flooded grasslands in woodlands and open woodlands.

Food

Like most species of frogs, the striped rocket frog is a carnivorous animal that captures its prey with its long, sticky tongue, feeding on small invertebrates such as insects, moths, Spiders, worms and larvae. Its webbed feet allow it to hunt both on land and in water.

Predators

The striped rocket frog, due to its size, has quite a few predators within its natural habitat. Its biggest predators are birds and bats from the skies and wild cats and foxes on the floor. In the environment nowático fish and other frogs feed on their eggs and tadpoles.

Reproduction

The striped rocket frog is a oviparous animal, by reproducing by eggs. Females lay about 60 eggs on average, in a sticky mass known as spawn that floats on the surface of the water. When they are ready, the hatching tadpoles fall into the water where their life begins as aquatic animals.

Then experience the incredible process of metamorphosis from an aquatic tadpole to a ground-dwelling adult. To know more you can visit the Life cycle: Reproduction, ovulation, larval stage and metamorphosis.

State of conservation

Today, the striped rocket frog is classified as a species of least concern, since although it is not under immediate threat of extinction, populations have been affected by deforestation and the introduction of mammalian predators.

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