Ground Dwelling Frogs
Bumpy Rocket Frog
It’s a Bumpy Road to Love When You're a Frog
The wonderfully named Bumpy Rocket Frog is a great little frog to look out for in the north of Australia at the moment, in Darwin backyards and particularly in northern Queensland.
Another name for this frog is the Floodplain Frog because it comes out in abundance after heavy rains. Due to the recent heavy rainfall in Queensland, there's a good chance you will be hearing, if not seeing this frog for the next few weeks.
Common Eastern Froglets
Tiny Frogs as Common as Dirt
If you live in eastern Australia, you may well be hearing a tiny little frog chatting away, trying to attract a mate. Common Eastern Froglets may be small, at only 1.8 to 3 cm long (about the diameter of a 20 cent piece), but they are about as common as dirt. Common Eastern Froglets are probably the most common and widely spread frog in south-eastern Australia, so you’ve got a good chance of spotting one.
Common Eastern Froglets have no qualms about being your neighbour. They’ll happily live in and around garden ponds, pools, and ditches of water in suburban and urban areas. But they’re no stranger away from cities either. You can also spot them near farm dams, swamps, flooded grasslands, and just about anywhere there are pools of freshwater.
Eastern Banjo Frogs
'Bonk, Bonk, Bonk' Sounds in the Garden?
If you're spending the evening near a big pond or lake at this time of year, the distinctive calls of the Eastern Banjo Frog may serenade you.
The noise can either be charming or extremely annoying, depending on how much you want to get to sleep! Click here to watch and listen to the Eastern Banjo Frog.
Green and Gold Frog
Going for the Green & Gold - Frog, that is!
If you ever spot the distinctive pointed snout, golden iris and olive-brown to bright emerald-green body of a beautiful Green and Gold Frog - consider yourself very lucky! There aren't as many of them around as there were only a few decades ago.
The best time to hear Green and Gold Frogs is between August and April - when males are making a short grunting ‘crok-crok’ followed by a growling ‘craw-craw-craw’. Listen to the call of the Green and Gold Frog here.
When is a Frog like a Motorbike?
When it sounds like one! This isn’t a riddle out of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ - we’re talking about the Motorbike Frog of course. It’s no joke, this amazing frog actually sounds like a motorbike changing gears, followed by some growls and croaks.
As one of the most commonly seen frogs in south-western Australia (especially in Perth gardens), it’s also one of the most entertaining.
Spotted Grass Frog
What's that Hopping through the Grass?
You hear a strange sound in the garden and wander out to have a look. You spot a tiny golden iris and a round, black pupil staring back at you. This is the distinctive eye of the Spotted Grass Frog, also known as a Spotted Marsh Frog.
This lovely frog lives in a wide range of areas, including Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, parts of South Australia and a tiny spot at the top of Western Australia. It can live along the wet coast or even in the dry interior of Australia – it’s a great survivor.
Striped Marsh Frog
Pop, Pop, Pop goes the Striped Marsh Frog
Around November each year, Striped Marsh Frogs popping like popcorn! During spring and summer, males either call from the water or hidden places, such as under leaf litter or rocks.
The distinctive mating call is a single ‘pop’, ‘toc’ or ‘whuck’ repeated once every few seconds.
Western Banjo Frog
When is a Frog's Favourite Time? When it's a Leap Year!
When winter chills are gripping the land, Western Banjo Frogs or Pobblebonks are getting set to ‘bonk’ all the way through the night in south-western Australia.
If you’re in Perth, listen for their banjo-like calls coming from the backyard, especially if you’ve got a pond or are close to a wetland or waterway.