DAY SEVEN. Dwarf Sedge frog Litoria fallax Dwarf Sedge frogs are commonly heard but not seen. Calling mainly through spring to autumn, these tiny frogs are widespread throughout most of the east coast of Australia. Measuring a mere 26mm, males chirp from trees and reeds throughout the day and night. Most people would have heard these frogs without knowing. These cute little guys belong to the genus Litoria - the Tree frogs, which all have “suction cup” like toes that aid in climbing.
DAY SIX. Great Barred frog Mixophyes fasciolatus Great Barred frogs can be heard calling throughout rainforests of Central NSW and Central and Sth-East Queensland. Their “waaaarp” call is distinct and produced by male frogs from the leaf litter of forest floors. They are a larger species with males reaching about 65mm and females to just over 100mm. There are 7 species of Barred frog found on Australia’s east coast, two of which - the Giant and the Fleay’s Barred frogs, are endangered species. Mixophyes tadpoles can grow to over 140mm, which is huge for a tadpole!
DAY FIVE. Red-eye Tree frog Litoria chloris The beautiful Red-eyed Tree frogs are mainly found in wet rain forests scattered from central NSW through to Mackay in Far Nth Qld. They are vocal frogs particularly calling prior to rain and during thunder storms. This short video is a great example of a male frog, first calling to attract and impress a mate, but then followed by a series of 3 short trills which are thought to be a territorial call, as it’s usually heard in response to an approaching male. Video footage by Professor Jean-Marc Hero.
DAY 4- Eastern Stony-creek frog Litoria wilcoxii Eastern Stony-creek frogs are another common but interesting species. Like most frogs, females are significantly larger than males. The males can be easily distinguished from females, especially through the breeding season when they put on their best, turning from a dull brown colour to a super bright yellow.
DAY 3- Green Tree frog Litoria caerulea Green Tree Frogs are the most widespread species of frog found in all states except Victoria and Tasmania. They are often found in suburban gardens, drain pipes and toilets but naturally live in trees. After rain they breed in temporary ponds. Females are larger than their male counterparts, growing up to 12 cm, however it's the males that do all the calling. Frogs mainly feed on insects, but larger frogs, like the Green Tree Frog have been known to eat bats, snakes and other frogs too. Video by Marie...
DAY TWO. Dainty Tree Frog - Litoria gracilenta Also known as the Graceful Tree Frog, these small pretty frogs are found along the east coast of Australia from Far North Qld to Central NSW. A small green frog with yellow underside and a distinct purple marking on their thigh. When frogs vocalise, they do not expel any air from their mouths but rather move air back and forth from their lung to their or cavity, which fills up the male’s vocal sac which amplifies their call.
National Frog Week is celebrated each year from the first Sunday of November to celebrate frogs and encourage frog awareness. This year Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will be featuring a different frog species each day of the week. Frogs are truly amazing and beautiful, but also important animals. They play a vital role in our eco - system as predators (including mosquitoes, and ticks, which means disease control for humans). Frogs also feed many different species of native wildlife. Frogs around the world are rapidly declining in numbers and many species are facing extinction. So let’s learn about these amazing...
We are happy to announce that the first Eastern Bristlebird chick for the season has hatched! This new chick is a valuable addition to the captive population as it is the first chick to hatch from our wild genetics pair. Both dam and sire are very attentive and navigating parenthood superbly considering they are first time parents. Mum spends the majority of the time brooding this precious chick while Dad helps with the feeding. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates as the chick progresses.
This year, wildlife volunteer Troy Beverly will receive his 10 year service badge, in honour of his dedication and commitment to the Sanctuary. Volunteering 2 days per week, Troy has been an integral part of the behind the scenes management of many of our wildlife shows and exhibitions. Throughout his time here at the sanctuary, Troy has worked on a variety of rounds including the bird round, the mammals round and more recently as an assistant at the Australiana Show, supporting our sheep shearing team. Although Troy doesn't work with our reptiles, he occasionally pops in...