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Burrowing frog

Description:

As their name implies, burrowing frogs dig into the sand to hide from the heat and dryness of the harsh Australian desert climate: sometimes for years, until enough rain has fallen for them to emerge, eat and mate The females we saw in breeding pairs were approx 3" long, not including legs and the call was a raspy croak, as opposed to the trilling we heard closer to the rock(but didn't see the frogs as they were hidden in the brush). This fat sassy frog was about 2 1/2 inches long

Habitat:

on the grounds of Yulara resort, Uluru, NT Australia

Notes:

We were there during the recent "once in a half century" rain storm that closed the park and the airport and did considerable damage to the resort. By far the best of the best, however I will have another individual and a mating pair as spottings soon

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3 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 3 years ago

Not sure, Mark. I spent about an hour looking at pictures and reading zone maps and not one of them spoke to me. UNless this and the other I took were separate species. The highly vertical pupils have me stumped in that spenceri doesn't appear to be that crisply vertical. Caught this guy in the dark of course, and so they're expanded.

The MnMs
The MnMs 3 years ago

Wow! cute!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

?Platyplectrum spenceri ?

KarenSaxton
Spotted by
KarenSaxton

Northern Territory, Australia

Spotted on Dec 26, 2016
Submitted on Jan 4, 2017

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