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Eastern Banjo Frog

An Eastern Banjo Frog on a log
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Scientific Name: Limnodynastes dumerilii dumerilii

Size: Total Length 7cm

What does it look like?

The underparts of the Eastern Banjo Frog range from light grey to almost black with orange to yellow markings on the lower flanks, and a thin yellow to orange vertebral stripe on most individuals. The back is covered with small bumps and tubercles. Underside is yellow to orange with dark grey flecking

Where is it found?

Found from south-east Qld through NSW, Victoria and into south-east SA.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Eastern Banjo Frog, or Pobblebonk, is nocturnal. It lives around slow-moving or still watercourses, including artificial dams, flooded grasslands, open woodland and roadside ditches, where it feeds on invertebrates. The male’s call, an explosive ‘bonk’, repeated frequently, is made from beneath emergent vegetation along the edge of the water body. Eggs are laid and protected in a foam nest constructed by both the male and female, with around 2300 in a clutch. Tadpoles develop into frogs after about 23 weeks.

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This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Frogs of Australia

A Naturalist's Guide to the Frogs of Australia front cover

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