By Ethan M, member of Padua College’s Eagles’ Quill Writing Club

It’s no surprise that Brisbane is full of amazing wildlife. birds, mammals, and reptiles are everywhere. I guarantee that if you were to look out the window right now you would be able to see at least some form of a living organism or in a mirror. But a group of animals might be living in your backyard right now and you would have no idea. Australia is home to 240 native species of frogs, and about 40 of them which live right here in Brisbane. These frogs are extremely diverse and if you can find one, they are good to look at but not touch. Frogs breathe through their skin, meaning any leftover oils and residues can negatively affect the frogs’ health. This article is going to showcase three species of tree frogs that, if you look hard enough, you might be able to find around your house. The first species of tree frog you need to watch out for is the Graceful Tree Frog. The image above is a photo of a Graceful Tree Frog that I was able to find. The Graceful Tree Frog can be commonly found on the east coast of Australia in dry and wet forested areas. These frogs are commonly found near human developments in the search for bugs and shelter.  The Graceful Tree Frog comes in a range of different colours that range from greens, yellows, and browns. These colours are complimented by a light orange stomach and bright fiery eyes. A fun fact about the Graceful Tree Frog is they commonly turn up in places where they haven’t been recorded before. This is because they have been known to travel in shipments of bananas earning them the nickname the banana frog. The next tree frog has an amazing ability that makes it much harder to find. The Emerald Spotted Tree Frog is commonly sighted in Southeast Australia. This tree frog can be identified by its cross-shaped pupils and emerald spots down its back. This frog can change its external color in less than an hour allowing it to blend into its surroundings. This tree frog lives in large forests but often searches for food in large open grasslands. The final species of tree frog is the Ruddy Tree Frog. This tree frog is hard to spot as it is small and its colours range from a light grey to a dark red. This frog is found across the northeast of Australia. The Ruddy Tree Frog is a desert frog as it prefers dryer climates. Unlike most desert frogs, the Ruddy Tree Frog doesn’t like to dig its own burrows and instead prefers to hide under rocks and in trees and logs. Though a desert tree frog, Ruddy Tree Frogs like to only breed when it rains. All in all, Brisbane’s tree frogs have their own little world right in our backyard and we didn’t even know it. So next time you’re in your playing in your backyard, stop and look around and you might be surprised at what you find.