Amphibians

We are fortunate to have seen six of Tasmania's eleven frog species at Rubicon.

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Litoria ewingi Southern brown tree frog or Ewings tree frog

This species is fairly common in sedgeland and around the house, and sometimes lives in the pump box.

Call: "creeeeeee creee creee cree cree cree"

 

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Litoria raniformis Green and gold frog

This species is a passage vagrant at Rubicon; there are no permanent lagoons for its breeding habitat. We occasionally see immature specimens in spring and sometimes hear them calling from the neighbouring dam to the south.

Call: a growling call, "crawark-crawark-crok-crok"

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Crinia signifera Eastern or common froglet

This is our most common frog species. We hear a cacophony of calls especially after rain when the wetlands have water.

Call: three to five pulsed calls repeated frequently “crick, crick, crick, crick”

 

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Limnodynastes dumerili insularis Pobblebonk

We commonly find buried Pobblebonks when digging, and one is nearly always present in a sump by the shed.

Call: “plonk, plonk, plonk”

 

 

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Limnodynastes tasmaniensis Spotted marsh frog

We occasionally hear the "click .....click....." of Spotted marsh frogs calling, but rarely see them.

Call: “click” pause “click” pause … like two stones banged together

 

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Pseudophryne semimarmorata, Southern toadlet

Two southern toadlets live under some bark beneath a tea tree not far from the house. Their ventral surface is marbled black and white with bright orange under its legs and throat. It rolls over and flashes its orange undersurface when disturbed.

Call: short harsh grating note - "cre-ek" - repeated every few seconds