Animal of the Month
What's so special about it?
|Southern Sandhill Frog; Photo by WA Museum|
including the rare amphibian ability of burrowing head-first. In such a dry environment, it has also had to alter the typical frog life-cycle so that it skips the free-swimming tadpole stage. Instead, all development occurs inside an egg, and a tiny adult frog emerges when metamorphosis is complete.
Where can I see one?This strange little animal was only discovered in 2008, when a population in Kalbarri National Park that was assumed to be the Northern species was examined for the first time. It's entire existence on this Earth is confined to just the stretch of desert between Kalbarri and Shark Bay on the Western Australian coastline. Your best chance of finding one would require finding a trackway and then digging carefully where it stops!
Is there anything similar near Brisbane?
|Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk; Photo by Darren Phillips|
Southern Sandhill Frog image courtesy of Western Australian Museum.
Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk image courtesy of 'Wetland Info' Queensland Government.