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The Frogs of Mt Barney

During your stay at Mt Barney Lodge, don’t be surprised to hear the croaks and clickings of a variety of native frogs. Before and after rain is the best time to hear these little guys as they seem to be the first predictors of any wet weather.

The Ornate Burrowing Frog, not to be confused with a small canetoad, can be found buried in cool sand; the Pobblebonk or Northern Banjo Frog can be found croaking near our natural springs or marsh areas on the property and the Stony Creek Frog, in the right seasons, can be found in and around creeks that have stony bottoms. If you’re around in Spring or Summer, during their breeding season, you may be fortunate enough to see the males put on a spectacular display as they turn a bright lemon-yellow colour in an attempt to attract a female.

Frogs & Toads: What’s the difference?

Did you know that toads are actually frogs?!

Frogs (or True frogs) have:

  • two bulging eyes
  • strong, long, webbed hind feet that are adapted for leaping and swimming
  • smooth or slimy skin (generally, frogs tend to like moister environments)
  • Frogs tend to lay eggs in clusters that are sometimes frothy

Toads (or true toads) on the other hand have:

  • stubby bodies with short hind legs (for walking instead of hopping)
  • warty and dry skin (usually preferring dryer climates)
  • poison glands behind the eyes
  • Toads tend to lay eggs in long chains (There are some toads that bear live young!)