This Australian endemic occurs from the lower reaches of the Ord and Fitzroy Valleys in the Kimberley zone, Western Australia, east into the Northern Territory and just over the border into Queensland. The estimated altitudinal range of the species is from 0-500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is found in open grassland associated with clay soils. Males call from the base of tall grasses at the edge of temporary water and flooded depressions in summer (January and February). Spawn is deposited in large irregular masses. The water is usually milky from clay and can reach temperatures above 40ºC. Tadpoles metamorphose in about 1 month.
It is a common species.
There are no known threats to this species.
Its range includes several protected areas in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Jean-Marc Hero, Paul Horner, Dale Roberts 2004. Litoria cryptotis. In: IUCN 2014