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Giant Frog

Cyclorana australis


These frogs reach up to 100 mm or 4 inches in length. This one was approx 80mm or 3 inches. They are variable in colour and patterning; adults range from grey to dull pink to green or more commonly brown on the dorsal surface, occasionally with darker markings. The skin on the dorsum has low warts and two longitudinal skin folds with a second pair on the flanks. The belly is white and finely granular. A dark brown streak starts from the tip of the snout and runs across the tympanum and ends over the shoulder. A similarly coloured bar runs under the eye and another runs the length of the upper jaw. The tympanum is partially covered with a skin fold and is distinct. The back of the thighs range from flesh-coloured to dark blue and the groin is a pale blue-green colour. The rear toes have a slight webbing and front toes are free from webbing (Wikipedia)


This big frog was burrowed into some raked up grass at Goombaragin.


I had been watching a little goanna (spotting: prowl around and saw it pull back its head and then jam it down with its mouth wide open. I could hear something squeak loudly in protest. The little goanna must have had a little bit of a grip because it did pull this big guy out! By the back of the head! Ultimately, the little goanna didn't get a feed of frog. It wiped its mouth then sauntered off. Reference for identification:

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Apr 6, 2015
Submitted on Apr 7, 2015

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