Frogs

Frogs are here all year round, but the recent rain has brought out the songsters (a generous term), and in the last few weeks tadpoles have been appearing, and then of course the frogs.

baby green tree frog

baby Green Tree Frog

Frogs are having a tough time all around the world. That’s because of habitat loss and pollution – they are like canaries in a mine, warning of danger.

Emerald-spotted tree frog (Litoria peronii).

Emerald-spotted tree frog (Litoria peronii)

Dr Lewis said to survive, the Booroolong frog needed pure, rippling water, free from feral fish, silt and contaminants. He said in the same way mine canaries of the past alerted miners to dangerous gases in a shaft, the frog was a perfect warning system showing there were problems in the environment.

Dept of the Environment – Frogs of Australia fact sheet here.