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.
Green and Gold frogs love to spend most of their time in the water, and keep near to permanent ponds, lagoons, dams and lakes. Some days they bask in the sunlight as if trying to improve their tan, but mainly they spend the day sheltering amongst bulrushes and plants at the water’s edge.
Once the sun goes down, Green and Gold frogs get ready for dinner. Instead of going out looking, these frogs prefer home delivery. They sit and wait for beetles, water snails, small frogs, lizards, snakes, fish or other small animals to come to them. Then they pounce and enjoy a tasty meal.
These frogs mainly live in the north of Tasmania, and in small remnant pockets in the south and east of the state. Green and Gold Frogs also live in south-eastern Australia in Victoria, a small area of South Australia and in the south of New South Wales.
You may think you’ve never heard of the Green and Gold Frog - but if you’ve heard of Southern Bell Frogs, Growling Grass Frogs or Warty Bell Frogs, then you have! These are all common names for the same frog species.
You can help Green and Gold Frogs by not using chemicals and fertilizers in places where they may wash into waterways when it rains. This can make frogs sick.
Provide a home for Green and Gold Frogs by placing logs, branches and rocks around ponds for them to sun themselves on or shelter under if the water level drops.
Keep or replant appropriate sedges, reeds and other semi-aquatic plants so that Green and Gold frogs have a safe place to lay their eggs.
DID YOU KNOW?The Green and Gold Frog is a fast mover - in 24 hours they can travel up to a kilometre. This is massive when you consider they’re only 10 cm long.
TIPAvoid introducing fish such as Goldfish and Gambusia into your pond if you’re trying to attract frogs. These species prey on tadpoles.