The Giant Barred Frog. 

WITH summer now here and the recent rain events, we are about to see an increase in frog activity on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

In an effort to better understand our environment, Maroochy Waterwatch will be conducting frog surveys at selected sites to determine species abundance and diversity.

“We  have been undertaking these surveys for over five years to improve our knowledge and monitor into the long term the effectiveness of creek restoration in bringing back frog populations,” said Cerran Fawns, Maroochy Waterwatch CEO.

“Frogs are an important indicator of environmental health as they are often termed as bio-indicators because they are very susceptible to adverse conditions due to their ability to ‘breath through their skin’.

“We were very pleased last year to go to one of the sites and find over six Giant Barred Frogs that are listed as endangered and once thought to be locally extinct. Most populations are declining but this population is growing even through the extreme flooding over the last two years.”

The tadpoles of the Giant Barred Frog are one of the largest in Australia and can reach up to 84cm in length. The frog can be misidentified and confused with canetoads because of its brown colouring and large size. Its distinguishing feature is the gold eyes.

The surveys to find this frog and other species will be conducted over January and February and the call is out for volunteers who may want to help.

“Volunteers will be guided by our experienced scientists with the surveys being conducted in the early evening,” said Ms Fawns.

If you would like to lend a helping hand, give Maroochy Waterwatch a call on 07 5476 4777.

10/12/13