Eastern Banjo Frog

Eastern Banjo Frog (pobblebonk) at homepobblebonk_eastern_banjo_frog
Posted by Chris Lehmann at April 06. 2012

Great photo Chris – I have definitely found a few of those when Ive been digging over the vege garden – nice to know which frog it is now Tony
Posted by Tony Marsh at April 07 2012

Frogs of Baranduda

On Feb 11 Glen and I heard the dwarf tree frogs – Litoria fallax – calling in the Yackandandah Creek at the new bridge site

As you will see from the photo, description and distribution map on this website that its normally found a lot further north – maybe theyve hitched a ride down from the north and the balmy summer has been to their likings. You may be interested to see that BLC ran a Frogs of Baranduda Survey event on Oct 26 2012

Posted by Tony Marsh Feb 26 2012

Chris Lehmann wrote:

Besides Pobblebonks, what are the main/common frogs in the area?

Glen Johnson replied

Main ones are as follows”

Limnodynastes dumerili (Pobblebonk)
Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted Marsh Frog)
Ranidella parinsignifera (Plains Froglet)
Ranidella signifera (Eastern Common Froglet)
Litoria ewingii (Ewings Tree Frog)
Litoria fallax (Dwarft Green Tree Frog) – this is a new naturalised species normally found from sthn NSW coast northwards – they’ve established via banana box transport
Litoria peroni (Perons Tree Frog)

Check www.frogs.org.au for more info and calls – particularly here

Chris Lehmann wrote
Been doing a lot of digging and I reckon I saw a Bibron’s Toadlet last week.
I had it in my hand, saw the red spots and the decent size of it.
If this is something wildly unexpected let me know, because it may still be in the vicinity of where I saw it. I will look again.
Also, we keep digging up a good sized frog over the years. Had one recently which I reburied without thinking to wash it off and identify.
Whaddayareckon about possible species for a mid sized frog (chunky but not huge) that buries itself?

Glen Johnson replised

M’mmmm – not sure. Depends where the reddish spots are located ie arm or groin, and how prominent etc they are? Bibron’s toadlet can have fine reddish spots on back and a hint of an underarm red/yellow spot. Otherwise, you might have found a Uperoleia laevigata (Smooth Froglet). I found one of these in Bonegilla last year. See attached pics – this frog has red spots either side of back leg eg groin.

If possible, it’s best to take zoom macro pics (from top and bottom showing key traits) of any you find to help with future ID

The burrower is almost certainly a Pobblebonk. Typically they are out and about (actively foraging by night (and sometimes day) during wet (saturated) weather like we are currently experiencing. However, if it’s still warm and it dries out, they will retreat into moist ground, sometimes until the next rain event (or it might be just to avoid day time dry air). For example they routinely refuge into the sediment traps off the side of our drive (that contain nice sandy moist fines).

Go to the Photo album of frogs of Baranduda

Listen to the sounds of the frogs at Honeyeater picnic area in Chiltern Mt Pilot NP on Saturday march 3 2012
Posted by Tony Marsh March 3 2012