Burrowing Frogs Emerge
These amazing frogs spend dry times lying in wait up to a metre deep under the soil. They can stay here for years until a good soaking of rain softens the ground enough to seduce them up to the surface to breed.
If it has been wet, then it has been a good year for burrowing frogs. Heavy rains can cover vast areas of inland Australia with temporary lakes. This creates ideal breeding conditions for burrowing frogs.
Ornate Burrowing Frog
A Very Fancy Frog!
If you live in sandy areas in northern and eastern Australia, keep your eye out for a small, pudgy frog of generally brown colour and markings.
The Ornate Burrowing Frog, Platyplectrum ornatum, grows no larger than 50mm and is often mistaken for small Cane Toads. These frogs are generally active after heavy rain during spring and summer. Warm humid nights are a good time to find foraging adults.
Water holding frogs
A Beautiful Muddy Gem Emerging From the Earth
As heavy rains and floods turn parched, cracked earth to oozing mud, one of Australia's most incredible frogs is just waking up.
Droplets of water dripping down into its chamber up to 1 m underground are telling the Water-holding Frog that it’s time to swim, feed, breed, and be merry.