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Neobatrachus sudelli

Spotted Burrowing Frog

Current conservation status: Uncommon, but perhaps more common than previously believed, due to secretive nature.

Family: Myobatrachidae

Appearance: They can be distringuished from other frogs of the region by several features. The back of the frog has numerous small, raised wart-like bumps that give it a rough, sandpaper-like appearance. They have a broad pattern of greenish-brown and darker brown blotches and patterns on the back. The pupils of the eyes form vertical slits. There is a prominent black tubercle under each foot. Overall the frog is a small, squat and short-legged species

Length:  35 - 40mm,

Breeding: Calling can occur at any time of the year, but only after extensive periods of wet weather.

Habitat: The most terrestrial frog found in the region, spending most of the year sheltering in deep burrows in the soil. Individuals are usually only found active on the ground at night after periods of very heavy rainfall, when the ground is completely soaked.

Distribution: Widespread in the region, occuring to near Jindabyne and Bombala.

Biology: The ecology of this species has not yet been studied.

Call: A soft, rapidly repeated, lengthy sequence of evenly spaced clucking or soft popping sounds.

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Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at DUF200: Narrabundah Hill, North Dam - 2 Nov 2020 by Nat Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at FBM500: Black Mountain, Fire Trail dam SW - 8 Oct 2020 by AnkeMaria Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at Chifley, ACT - 4 Oct 2020 by trevorhickman Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD011: National Arboretum Dam - 30 Aug 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 - 29 Aug 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 3 Apr 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD011: National Arboretum Dam - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD011: National Arboretum Dam - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at FMC220: Mt Majura Dam, lower, via Jukes St - 15 Dec 2018 by danswell Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 14 Dec 2018 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at DUF200: Narrabundah Hill, North Dam - 2 Nov 2020 by Nat
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at FBM500: Black Mountain, Fire Trail dam SW - 8 Oct 2020 by AnkeMaria
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at Chifley, ACT - 4 Oct 2020 by trevorhickman
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD011: National Arboretum Dam - 30 Aug 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 - 29 Aug 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 3 Apr 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD011: National Arboretum Dam - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAD011: National Arboretum Dam - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 6 Mar 2020 by RogerH
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at FMC220: Mt Majura Dam, lower, via Jukes St - 15 Dec 2018 by danswell
Neobatrachus sudelli (Spotted Burrowing Frog) at NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park - 14 Dec 2018 by RogerH

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Species information

  • Neobatrachus sudelli Scientific name
  • Spotted Burrowing Frog Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive
  • 650.639m to 660.987m Recorded at altitude

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