The Amphibian section will cover observations and the calls identified of frogs, froglets and toads. The Cape wetland, creek line, streetscapes and garden habitats provide ideal environments for amphibians.
The source reference is Museum Victorian Field Guide to Victorian Fauna.
To date, six species of amphibians have been identified by call and sight. These include the following species.
Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) which is very widespread around The Cape and extremely noisy with a loud and somewhat orchestrated “bonk” call which is very dominant on warm, humid nights. It is also known as the “Pobblebonk”. They are a burrowing frog which feed on insects. Their eggs form a white, floating raft in still water.
Brown Striped Frog (Limnodynastes peronii) also known as the “Striped Marsh Frog”. They eat a variety of foods, mostly insects, but will eat smaller frogs. Their eggs are laid in floating foam masses attached to vegetation in still water.
Common Eastern Froglet (Crinia signifera). They have a call consisting of 3-5 croaks of a repeated “crick-crick-crick-crick-crick”. Their diet is mainly insects and the eggs are laid in a mass attached to vegetation.
Victorian Frog (Litoria paraewingi) also known as the “Plains Brown Tree Frog”. Their call is a slow “creee-creee-cree-cree”. Their diet is insects and the eggs are laid in slow flowing water such as swales and pools.
Verreaux’s Frog (Litoria verreauxii) also known as the “Whistling Tree Frog”.
Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingii) also known as “Ewing’s Tree Frog”. This frog can form large breeding aggregations around water. Their call is a fast “creeee creee creee cree cree” made from the ground or low vegetation. A diet of mainly insects.