Current conservation status: Common
Appearance: It has a noticable warty appearance, and can be identified by the presence of a conspicuous orange patch behind the front of each thigh. These patches may be "flash markings" intended to frighten potential predators. Paratoid glands are often noticable as swellings on either side of the head above the forearms. A pale triangular-shaped patch is usually obvious on the head between the eyes and the tip of the snout.
Length: 20 - 35mm
Breeding: Males call from September to February.
Habitat: Found in swamps, farm dams and lakes, in a range of drier habitat types. They appear to avoid low-lying pasture, unless drier, rocky or tussock-covered hillsides are nearby. They occur in forest, woodland and tussock grassland in the Canberra region.
Distribution: Very common in the Canberra region, and occuring throughout the Southern Tablelands at least as far as the Jindabyne area and into lower parts of Kosciuszko National Park and Namadgi National Park, up to 1100m elevation.
Biology: Males call from sheltered positions well back from the water's edge, often as much as 10m away. The males usually call from partially hidden positions amongst grass tussocks, fallen timber or leaf litter. When a male has attracted the female and clasped her in amplexus, the female carries the male to the water and, with the male clinging to her back, swims out and lays the eggs beneath the water surface by attaching them to submerged vegetation or twigs at the bottom of the pond.
Call: A low-pitched, monotonous sounding "wwhhrrkkkk", repeated at intervals of a few seconds.
Points of interestANB100: National Botanic Gardens ANU022: Creek, upstream of University Ave bridge ANU22B: Sullivans Creek, upstream of University Ave bridge ARA100: Aranda Paddock Dam, adjacent to William Hovell Drive. ARA200: Dam near gate on Bindubi Street and straight N of ARA100 ARA300: Aranda bush dam BAR020: Upper Dam, west arm Barracks Creek QBN BAR050: Lower Dam, west arm Barracks Creek QBN BIL100: Billabong Park stormwater retention pond, Watson BIN100: Farm dam Little Burra BIN110: Ditch alongside Farm Dam BLA100: Blackey's Hill, Uriarra Rd. BLU100: Blundells Flat, Bog 1 BLU200: Blundells Flat, site 2 - small creekline BMT100: Black Mountain Dam SW BON100: Stranger Pond, Bonython BRA100: Bradleys Creek, Upstream BRA200: Bradleys Creek, Downstream BUN200: Elmslea Estate Pond, Bungendore BUR100: Dam at 80 Hilltop Rd, Burra BUR200: Dam at front of 84 Hilltop Rd, Burra BUR500: NGARIGO Dam BUR700: 259 BADGERY ROAD DAM CAP100: Butterfield Property Site A Dam CAP200: Butterfield Property Site B Dam CAP400: Molonglo River, Captains Flat south CAV100: Caves Quarry Dam, Pierce's Creek Forest CBR001: Callum Brae Site 1 CBR002: Callum Brae Site 2 CBR003: Callum Brae Site 3 CBR004: Callum Brae Site 4 CDD100: Bottom dam of Cecily Dignan Farm Dams CDD200: Top dam of Cecily Dignan Farm Dams CEQ100: Canberra Equestrian Park, Pond 1, Chapman. CEQ200: Canberra Equestrian Park, Pond 2, Chapman. CFR200: Hodgman Property, large dam CFR300: Molonglo River, just off Captains Flat Rd CGH050: Hospital Creek, Namadgi National Park CHC300: Calvary Hospital Pond CMC100: Cooleman Ridge, Old Dam CMC150: Dam near Chapman Water Tank CMC600: Mount Neighbor Horse Paddock Dam CMC700: Vikings BMX Park, Kambah COB011: Cooma Back Creek at Kerwan Street COO001: Frog pond at Koskinan Property COO100: Cooleman Ridge, North-west Dam, off Kathner Street COR100: Kangaroo Creek pond, Corin dam road, Namadgi NPP CTP450: Murrays Corner CTP510: Tidbinbilla River on Paddy's River Road DGP001: Dunlop Grasslands Dam DIW100: Dickson Wetland, Hawdon Street DUC100: Duck Dam, Googong Dam Rd DUF100: Narrabundah Hill, Southern dam DUF200: Narrabundah Hill, North Dam DUF300: Dam near bushfire memorial FAD300: Wanniassa Hills Dam FAD500: Wanniassa Nature Reserve (North-east) FAR001: Farrer Ridge Dam 1 FAR002: Farrer Ridge Dam 2 FBM100: Glenloch interchange dam FBM200: Black Mountain Storage Yard Pool FBM300: Black Mountain Path Pool FBM400: Black Mountain Dam Belconnen Way FBM500: Black Mountain, Fire Trail dam SW FBP001: West Belconnen Pond. GPT Outflow Point FER200: Fernleigh Park at Jerrabomberra Creek Bridge FGC009: Jarramlee Pond Dunlop FGC090: Ginninderra Creek, Macgregor FGC091: Ginninderra Creek Billabong, at Macgregor, via Crago Place FGD020: Oconnor Ridge Dam FGD030: AIS, Drain near bike path FGD035: AIS Wetland, Ginninderra Drive FGD040: Aranda Bushland Dam FMC040: Buttles Creek, Queanbeyan aka BUT095 FMC100: Levee bank, Fisher St Ainslie Identical with FMC060 need to be fused!!! FMC200: Mt Majura Dam, bottom, via McKenzie St. FMC210: Mt Majura Nature Reserve, top dam, via McKenzie St FMC220: Mt Majura Dam, lower, via Jukes St FMC230: Mt Majura dam at saddle - Doogie Dam FMF320: Justice Robert Hope Park Dam FOR001: Forde Wetland between Horse Park Drive and Neil Harris Cres FOR002: Forde Pond FRA200: Edlington St Pond, Fraser FRA201: Halls Creek, Fraser FTD010: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Top Weir/Brolga Pond FTD015: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Vets Centre FTD120: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Boardwalk Pond FTD165: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Bottom Dam FTD200: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Flints(?), large dam at top FTD250: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Flints(?), smaller dam at bottom FTP100: Isabella Pond FTT010: Tuggeranong Homestead GIN007: Ginninderra Creek d/s of Barton Highway, Giralang GOG001: Googong Dam, Tin Hut Dam GOG003: Googong Dam, Plummers Dam GOG004: Burra Leaky Dam GOG005: Googong Burra Creek, Homestead Crossing GUN100: Gungahlin Scout Hall Dam GUN110: Gungahlin Scout Hall Dam EAST, GUN300: Haystack Dam, gungahlin GUN400: Gundaroo Native Forest, Large Dam GUN500: Gundaroo River - Creek 1 GUN600: Gundaroo Native Forest, Small Dam GUN700: Denoon Street Drain HOS001: 175 Pollack Rd Hoskinstown Angus Adair's Farm JBD100: John Bisset Property Farm Dam No1, larger than No2 JBD200: John Bisset Property Farm Dam No2, smaller than No1 KAM100: Kama Horse Paddocks, Dam 1, off William Hovell drive, Aranda KAM150: North Kama, south dam KAM200: Kama Horse Paddocks, Dam 2, off William Hovell drive, Aranda KAM300: Kama Horse Paddocks, Dam 3, off William Hovell drive, Aranda LAW100: Lawrence Pond, Higgins LBE200: Montague Place dam, Little Burra Estate, Googong LBE300: Dam at entrance to Little Burra Estate, Googong LDM100: Lookout Dam, Holt LWP100: Little Whiskers Rd, Pond Site LWR100: Little Whiskers Rd, River Site LWR200: Briar Sharrow Bridge LYW010: Lyneham Wetland MCQ150: McQuoids Creek Large Dam MFL001: First pond from entrance MFL002: Second pond from entrance MFL003: Shearing Shed Dam MFL004: Mulligans Flat Site 4 MFL005: MFL006: Mulligans Flat Site 6 MFL007: Mulligans Flat Site 7 MFL008: In northern section of park, MFL009: northern section of park MFL010: North side of Sutton Road MFL011: Large dam near southern border MFL012: near bird site number 8 MFL013: Dam in SE of reserve near bird site 7 MFL014: most easterly dam in park MFL015: East side of Mulligans Flat MFL016: Eastern end of reserve MFL017: Eastern side of reserve MFL018: In gully at foot of hill MFL019: Mulligans Flat Site 19 MFL020: near bird site 5 MFL021: near site 20 MFL022: MFL023: Daisy Gate Small dam MFL055: pond near MFL005 MGC200: Murrumbidgee Golf Course swampy spot MIR100: Drain into Ginninderra Crk MIT200: Hibberson St Pond, Mitchell MOL600: Creek near Tannery Beard MOL605: Molonglo River Downstream at Oaks Estate Rd Causeway MUR100: Top dam on Lewis property, 'Gang Gang", Murrumbateman MUR250: Lake Kevin MYA050: Yarralumla Creek MYR100: Myrtle Rise, MYR300: Top dam at Myrtle Rise, Hall NAA100: Naas River causeway, Caloola Farm NAD011: National Arboretum Dam NAD034: National Arboretum Dam near Cork oak Lot 34 NAD036: National Arboretum Larch Dam Forest 36 NAS100: Southern Tablelands Enviro Park NBP003: Royal Golf Club pond, off Lady Denman Dr NPG100: North Paddock Dam, Gundaroo Common NUM999: Lake Numerella ORA002: Orana School Dam ORR100: Orroral Valley: Rock waterfall Stream, Namadgi NP OSR001: Dam 1. Front gate OSR002: Dam 2 OSR003: Dam 3. Big back dam OSR004: Dam 4 Swim Dam OSR005: Dam 5. Hidden Dam OSR006: Dam 6 PAI200: Mt Painter, Wildflower Triangle Dam PCF000: Cotter River at Thompsons Flat PCF001: Dam near Pierces Creek PCF002: Pierces Creek PIN100: Pinnacle Dam, Hawker PLM100: Laver Farm Dam 1 PLM200: Laver Farm Dam 2 PLM300: Laver Farm, Gully Dam PLM310: Laver Farm, Gully Dam - 100m upstream from PLM300 PLM400: Laver Farm Dam 3 (on adjacent property) PNG100: Pinenut Grove House Dam PNG200: Pinenut Grove Pond PNG300: Driveway Dam, Pinenut Grove QBN002: Pond at Considine Close QBN010: 33 Lonergan Drive, Greenleigh QBN012: Mountain Rd Dam QBN430: Montgomery creek low bridge over Queanbeyan River QBN450: Queanbeyan River at Doeberl Reserve QBN455: Queanbeyan River adj Barracks Flat Drive east of Doerbel St. QBN465: Queanbeyan River adj Dane St RCD001: Rose Cottage horse paddock 8 and Dam RCD002: Rose Cottage paddock 7 dam RIV001: Riverview Dam Paddock Dam RIV002: Riverview River Paddock Dam RIV003: Riverview Conservation Area Dam STP050: Strathnairn Gallery interim pond STP100: Strathnairn Gallery Main Pond STP150: Strathnairn Gallery Southern pond STR100: Strathhearn Dam, Gundaroo SUT100: Dam 1, "Macrorrhyncha", Moseley Property, Sutton SUT101: Dam 2, "Macrorrhyncha", Moseley Property, Sutton TAY100: Mt Taylor Dam 1 TAY200: Mt Taylor Dam 2 TBD001: Tannoch Brae Farm Dam TRA100: Travica property, Gundaroo. Lower Dam TSC100: Tuggeranong Sporting Club Dam TSR048: Gundaroo-Gunning Road UBD015: Urila Bottom Dam UCM100: Mulligans Flat UC Site 1 UCM200: Mulligans Flat UC Site 2 UCM300: Mulligans Flat UC Site 3 UHD015: Urila Home Dam, UMS003: Scottsdale, Gungoandra creek, at shed UMS004: Scottsdale, Top Dam, URI001: Uriarra Road permanent frog site (35) URI002: Uriarra Road. Pine Plantation Dam WAM004: CEASED!!!!! Sally's Dam WAN001: Dam at 232 Wanna Wanna Road WEE001: Weetalabah, QBN WEE002: Weetalabah - site 2 WEE004: Weetalabah - site 4 WEE100: Weemalla, Fairview Rd, Wallaroo Sarah's site WIS100: Wisewood Dam, Gundaroo YFD100: Yuringa Farm Dam HOL110 Holder wetlands site, btw Cotter Rd and Dixon Dr FGB002 Refshauge Crescent Pond West Belconnen
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