Amphibious chorus follows heavy rain at Booderee

Spring is here, the nights are getting warmer and the frog calls louder at Booderee.

Following some of the highest rainfall recorded in a decade, we’ve been hearing the dulcet and not so dulcet tones of the 17 frog species in the park.

The striped march frog sounds like someone whacking two pieces of wood together, the eastern froglet makes a creaking noise and Tyler’s toadlet makes a single croak.

Although not actually a toad or toadlet, Tyler’s toadlet is a frog with warty skin, short limbs and tends to crawl instead of hop.

And kissing them won’t make them any prettier!

These frogs –  which can be found in ponds and people’s backyards – are resistant to the devastating chytrid fungus which has killed so many species of frog worldwide.

Park staff maintain relatively undisturbed habitat and clean water bodies to protect the frogs. Researchers from the Australian National University’s Fenner School regularly monitor frogs such as the rare threatened giant burrowing frog.

giant-burrowing-frog

Giant burrowing frog

 

By laying out pieces of corrugated iron, roofing tiles and old sleepers at sites throughout the park, reptiles and amphibians are attracted to these and use them as shelter. Researchers then lift the iron, tiles or sleepers and count the number of frogs and identify the species.

Nick, Senior Project Officer, Booderee National Park

Hop on over to Booderee to find out more

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