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Frogs

Southern Brown Frog

Frogs are a remarkably diverse group of animals. Victoria is home to 35 species, half of which are threatened by loss of habitat, pollution, disease, feral animals and ultra-violet light.

A frog habitat is a wonderful feature in a wildlife garden. You can monitor frog populations, learn about their life cycles and study the features that help frogs to survive. Most importantly, you can take action to save this fascinating order of amphibians.

A frog-friendly pond with unpolluted water

Healthy habitat for frogs is becoming more scarce, therefore it is important that we encourage frogs into our gardens. Many gardens already have frogs frequenting them but you only hear them calling during the breeding season if they have a suitable breeding site established in the form of a frog pond or bog.

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to see the Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery Factsheet: Create Frog Habitat.

Getting to know the Frogs of Melbourne

Melbourne's ground frogs are a diverse group spanning 5 genera and 8 species. Despite this diversity they have a number of characteristics in common. Most are burrowing frogs and those that aren't, live under the leaf litter and other debris. All ground frogs throughout Melbourne have tadpoles that develop in water, but spawning sites can vary considerably. Some spawn on land in damp leaf litter, while others, such as the marsh frogs, create floating foam nests.

To learn more about frogs found in Melbourne and to find out more of how to make your pond attractive to frogs likely to be in the local area, visit the frogs.org.au website or download the brochure a brochure by Craig Cleeland: 'Getting to know the frogs of Melbourne' below.

Take a look at the frog census and find your suburb to see what frogs have been found in your area.

Where to from here?

There is no doubt that frog population density and species diversity is decreasing everywhere. This loss of biodiversity should be a cause of concern to all of us.

If you are keen to help support your local frogs and want to know more, visit frogs.melbournewater.com.au.

Pobblebonk Frog
Spotted Marsh Frog
Striped Marsh Frog
Southern Brown Tree Frog
Smooth Victoria Froglet
Frog Pond
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