Backyard Buddies

Photo: Bill and Mark Bell

B-mail May 2019

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Trapdoor Spider

Trapdoors are shy and usually flee from any threat (although males may rear up if startled). Trapdoors have large fangs which may cause a painful bite with some pain and swelling. However, their bite is not dangerous. But it's a good idea to always give spiders a bit of space if you can... read more

Southern Brown Tree Frog

The peak period for mating for Southern Brown Tree Frogs is late winter to early spring, though Southern Brown Tree Frogs can mate at any time of year when there is enough food and water. When they're ready to mate these frogs congregate at ponds, creeks, waterholes, farm dams and waterways. Males call out 'Creeeeeeee creee creee creee creee' most of the year round... read more

Become A Citizen Scientist And Help Save Australia's Frogs 


Australia has over 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog (pictured). But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct. Croaks, whistles, bleats and barks - every frog species makes a different sound! By recording a frog call with the FrogID app, you can discover which frogs live around you and help us count Australia's frogs! Discover more about this ground-breaking project and sign up to get involved here.

Scribbly Gums

Like all gum trees, large older trees are crucial habitat for many native animals and birds, providing tree hollows essential for nesting. It has clusters of five or so cream coloured flowers which provide nectar for native birds and bees... read more