This species occurs along the coast and adjacent areas of northern and eastern Australia, from the Kimberley region of Western Australia along the coastline to mid-eastern New South Wales. It is also widespread in open forest in the southern lowlands and southeastern peninsula of New Guinea, occurring in both Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It lives near sea level, below 50m in New Guinea.
Habitat and Ecology
In Australia it is known from open forests and woodland in coastal/sub coastal areas with understorey of grasses and/or sedges. Forages among the leaf-litter of the forest floor and on the open flats exposed by receding waters. In New Guinea it occurs in open, woody savannah, and breeds in swamps. In Australia breeding takes place in spring and summer mostly in ephemeral waters (isolated pools; inundated grass/sedge land). Eggs are laid in clumps of 50-100 in static water. Tadpoles take between 1-5 months to develop depending on the time the eggs were laid.
It is an extremely abundant species in New Guinea.
Human settlement, and in some areas agro-industry farming, along the east coast especially, is a threat to the species habitat. It is unlikely to be at risk in its savannah habitats in New Guinea. There is a small international pet trade, with 750 animals that were exported from Indonesia in 2002. The information given in the Utilisation section refers to Indonesia.
It occurs in several protected areas throughout its range.
Jean-Marc Hero, Richard Retallick, Paul Horner, Ed Meyer, John Clarke, Dale Roberts, Stephen Richards, Fred Parker 2004. Litoria nasuta. In: IUCN 2014