Frogs and reptiles

Many beautiful frogs and reptiles, some of them endangered and rare, live within the Sunshine Coast region, so we thought we'd provide you with some of the frogs that you can spot in our region:


frog1Tree frogs

The name says it all, you will find them above ground, and our large green tree frogs also seem to have an uncanny ability to forecast summer storms by sounding their deep ‘craawks’ from within downpipes. The main tree frogs are listed below.

Bleating Tree Frog (Litoria dentata)

Broad Palmed Rocket Frog (Litoria latopalmata)

Eastern Sedge Frog (Litoria fallax)- pictured at left

Graceful Green Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta)

Large (or Common) Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea)

Emerald Spotted Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) – pictured at right

Litoria Peronii

Litoria Peronii, photograph courtesy of Rodney Pattison

Laughing Tree Frog (Litoria tyleri) – pictured below

Ruddy Tree Frog (Litoria rubella)

Stony Creek Frog (Litoria wilcoxii)

Striped Rocket Frog (Litoria nasuta) – pictured further below

Litoria Tyleri – photograph courtesy of Rodney Pattison 

Litoria Tyleri

more Litoria Tyleri – photograph courtesy of Rodney Pattison


Litoria nasuta – photograph courtesy of Rodney Pattison 


Ground dwelling frogs

These guys live in a range of habitats such as coastal wetlands, grasslands, marshes, dry woodlands, and rainforests, and many of them are endangered or rare. Some of them are even mistaken for Cane Toads and killed, such as the Great and Giant Barred Frogs. Below are the main ground frogs you might be able to sight.

Litoria Tyleri

Beeping Frog  (Crinia parinsignifera)

Clicking Froglet  (Crinia signifera)

Copper Backed Brood Frog  (Pseudophryne raveni)

Dusky Gungan  (Uperoleia fusca)

Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus)

Great Barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus)

Litoria nasuta - photograph courtesy of Rodney Pattison

Ornate Burrowing Frog  (Opisthodon ornatus)

Scarlet Sided Pobblebonk  (Limnodynastes terraereginae)

Spotted Grass Frog  (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis)

Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes peronii)

Tusked Frog (Adelotus brevis)

Litoria olongburensis – photograph courtesy of J. Rowland


So-called ‘acid frogs’ are particularly good at surviving in slightly
acidic habitats such as heathland and wetlands. A few examples are:

Wallum Froglet (Crinia tinnula)

Wallum Rocketfrog (Litoria freycineti)

Wallum Sedge Frog (Litoria olongburensis) – pictured on right


The picture of Litoria olongburensis is by J. Rowland and the photographs of Litoria tyleri, Litoria Peronii and Litoria nasuta are shown here with kind courtesy of Rodney Pattison from the Queensland Frog Society Inc; their website is here ( The society helps with information on frog identification and information on field trips and workshops. Have a look at their website too!

Other useful websites are: Frog Australia and The Amphibian Research Centre

Dragons, geckos and skinks

Burton’s Snake-lizard (Lialis burtonis)

Common Delma (Delma plebeia)

Common Scaly-foot (Pygopus lepidopodus)

Litoria olongburensis

Delicate Skink / Garden Skink (Lampropholis delicata)

Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata)

Eastern Blue-tongue (Tiliqua scincoides)

Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii)

Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

Lace Monitor (Varanus varius)

Pink-tongued Skink (Cyclodomorphus gerrardii)

Robust Velvet Gecko (Oedura robusta)

Rose-shaded skink (Saproscincus rosei)

Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii)

Short-limbed snake-skink (Ophioscincus truncatus)

Southern angle-headed dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Tommy Round Head (Diporiphora australis)

Verreaux’s Skink (Anomalopus verreauxii)

Morelia spilota variegata

Carpet python (Morelia spilota variegata) in Bellthorpe Park


Australian Coral Snake (Brachyurophis australis)

Bandy-bandy (Vermicella annulata)

Black Whip Snake (Demansia vestigiata)

Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops Sp.)

Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis)

Carpentaria Snake (Cryptophis boschmai)

Coastal Carpet Python (Morelia spilota sub sp. mcdowelli)

Coastal Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus)

Common Death Adder (Acanthophis antarcticus)

Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata)

Dwarf Crowned Snake (Cacophis krefftii)

Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis)

Golden Crowned Snake (Cacophis squamulosus)

Grey Snake (Hemiaspis damelii)

Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)

Lesser Black Whip Snake (Demansia vestigiata)

Marsh Snake (Hemiaspis signata)

Pale-headed Snake (Holocephalus bitorquatus)

Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)

Red-naped Snake (Furina diadema)

Rough-scaled Snake (Tropidechis carinatus)

Small Eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens)

Spotted Black Snake (Pseudechis guttatus)

Spotted Python (Antaresia maculosa)

Stephens Banded Snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii)

Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus)

White Crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae)

Yellow-faced whipsnake (Demansia psammophis)


Freshwater Turtles

Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Sea Turtles

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)