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Spotted Tree Frog

The Spotted Tree Frog, Litoria spenceri, is a mountain stream frog species from north-eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales. The Spotted Tree Frog is listed as Critically Endangered: like many other Australian and international amphibians, populations have declined in recent years. 

Due to predation by trout and habitat disturbance, Spotted Tree Frogs now only occur in a few reaches of rocky mountain streams in just 13 river systems.  These remaining populations are now threatened by Chytridiomycosis (a disease caused by Amphibian Chytrid Fungus).

Zoos Victoria became involved in the Spotted Tree Frog Recovery Program in 1991.  Captive breeding is an increasingly important element of the coordinated Recovery Program.

Zoos Victoria’s key roles in the recovery of the Spotted Tree Frog are to:

  • Maintain an insurance population in captivity 
  • Help with population monitoring programs (including reintroduction trials)
  • Conduct research to evaluate the role of trout and Amphibian Chytrid Fungus in changes in population dynamics and ways of treating Chytrid infection
  • Increase community awareness of the plight of the Spotted Tree Frog and community support for its conservation.

Plans and publications

Spotted Tree Frog

Wise Schemer for the Extinction Fighters

Found: along streams from the Central Highlands of Victoria to Mt Kosciuszko

He's wise, wily and can hatch the most brilliant schemes ... he's also a super fast hunter.

Meet all priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 21 priority threatened native species.

Love Your Locals tram launch image 1

Victoria's most endangered take to the streets

A City Circle tram has been dressed up to feature Zoos Victoria’s 20 priority native threatened species.

24 October 2012
  • The Spotted Tree Frog lives for over 10 years. That's old for a frog!