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The Amphibian Research Centre

About the Amphibian Research Centre

The ARC is helping to prevent the extinction of the southern corroboree frog - photo by D.HunterThe ARC was established as a centre dedicated to research and conservation of Australia's unique frogs. The ARC is self funding and provides for its valuable work through sales and sponsorships.

We supply pet frogs and tadpoles bred at the ARC, as well as enclosures, food, information, materials, and resources that are needed by those wanting to keep pet frogs. We also stock frog books, tapes, posters, and other frog-related items. Our school visits and the supply of tadpoles for classrooms assist our work at the same time as educating and encouraging responsible attitudes towards wildlife. The Centre is also involved in efforts to breed and preserve a number of Australia's most endangered frogs, and is a base for the operations of the Victorian Frog Group.


With the move to the vastly bigger and better Amphibian Research Centre in Werribee, a "school visit" can now mean a visit by your school to the ARC rather than the other way around. Have a look at the educational tours section for full details.

Our tadpole kits allow you to turn your classroom your very own amphibian research centre. These kits are available on their own or as an extension of some of the educational tours operated by the ARC.

Pet frogs and tadpoles

About 20 species of common frogs are bred at the ARC for sale as pets, either as tadpoles or as frogs. Availability is seasonal and at any time there are usually about 8-10 species available. A comprehensive range of care and housing information is available for each species bred at the ARC with your purchase. Further details are available in the keeping frogs and care sheets sections.

Frog food

The ARC operates an online and mail-order insect service to allow trouble free access to essential frog food. No need to drive miles to a pet store or spend hours chasing bugs in the garden. A range of different insects, supplements, and advice are also available to ensure your frog receives the most appropriate diet.

You can order and pay for your insects via the internet at The ARCade, the online store.


Who better to design and build your frog enclosure than Australia's leading experts on frog housing? Enclosures created by our staff are exhibited in zoos, museums, and lounge rooms all over Victoria. From advice and design to modification of your old fish tank or construction of purpose-built frog homes, our expertise is second to none.

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