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Amphibian images and descriptions as found at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

An attractive frog which can change colour almost instantly from grey to dark brown with irregular mottling and scatterings of emerald green flecks.  Found in most forested habitats from Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Reference;  Robinson, M.  A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia.

Hunting Orange Crane Fly by the night lights.

The follow up rains produced this new species to the wildlife refuge. Also known as the Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk they are “brown above with darker flecks. It has orange-red or scarlet markings in the thighs and sides. It has a broad band from the snout to the shoulder, underlined by a raised cream to orange bar. The armpit is orange and the undersides white”. Range from eastern Queensland to north-eastern New South Wales. Some surveys estimate up to possibly 50,000 individuals across their entire range.

Reference; Banjo-Frog/Limnodynastes/terraereginae.html

The Ecology and Behavior of Amphibians


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Displaying night time markings of darker shade top with a scattering of white flecks along the body, also visible is a white stripe from the corner of the mouth towards the underarm. The image taken after rains with the frog enjoying hunting for insects from a water tank on the wildlife refuge.

Reference and further reading;  Robinson, M.  A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia.

The Rise of Amphibians: 365 Million Years of Evolution


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Amphibian (DK Eyewitness Books)


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Enjoying some early morning sun in a soak on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

I.D. courtesy of  Chris Hosking;  Australian Museum.

“Small but loud tree frog, up to 45mm long. “dentata” means toothed and there are small vomerine teeth between the choanae and maxillary teeth. It has a high pitched bleat, almost painful in its pitch and volume. The upper half of the iris is red. Found in a water pipe on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

Reference;  Robinson, M.    A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia.

These turtles grow quite large up to 30cm and can live from 20-30 years. They generally do not hibernate as their warmer environment lets them remain active all year. They are considered Omnivore, but rely on a constant supply of meat to remain healthy, basically anything that fits in their mouth. They are characterised by a white strip starting at their nose and leading down their neck. There is a healthy population of these turtles in Sportsman Creek and surrounding billabongs.

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