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Orange Thighed Tree Frogs Mating

Orange Thighed Tree Frogs Mating

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MICHAEL MCCOY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MICHAEL MCCOY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Orange Thighed Treefrog (Litoria xanthomera) mating (in amplexus). This brightly coloured arboreal frog is only found in dense rainforests in the wet tropics of north-eastern Australia. It grows to a length of around 5-6 cms. During the tropical Australian wet season during heavy rain, these frogs call from their perches in trees and shrubs; up to several dozen frogs may congregate and call in the same locality. The frogs in this picture are mating; the male grasps the female for several hours, waiting for her to lay her eggs, which he then simultaneously fertilizes with sperm. Kuranda, Queensland, tropical northern Australia.

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