Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

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Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby adoptatadpole » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:33 am

Lots of morphing going on and one I can't get my head around. Help needed.
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Thanks,
Al

ps: maybe I should have also said that it is about 12mm in body length alone.

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Re: Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Aaron » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:57 pm

Do you have any other shots of it, including from side on?

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Re: Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby adoptatadpole » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:12 am

G'day Aaron, no side shots. Another shot showing the stripes on the legs a bit better and a clearer location for the eyes. I will watch for another one to pop out and see if I can get at it's side.
What are you looking for, anything or everything?
I have found 12mm frogs in the garden but i haven't had my phone with me and I'm loath to handle the little critters with my arthritic hands.

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Re: Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Aaron » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:01 pm

Hi Al,

I was just double checking to make sure they weren't Cane Toads but I'm fairly confident these are young Ornate Burrowing Frogs (Platyplectrum ornatum) based on the pale patch or 'disc' marking forming behind the eyes.

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Re: Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby adoptatadpole » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:51 am

Thanks mate. I do believe you are right.

I won't LOL at your reply. Prior to retiring in the Northern Rivers I lived in North Queensland and I have been the "grim reaper" of many, many hundreds of Bufo (Qld, NT, NSW). Now I have to be vigilant here, as they have reached the western bank of the Clarence River, where we live. Damn, now I have to build traps and charge the batteries for the Cree headlamp (300 Lumens ). Fifteen years of 'toad busting' and we still can't stop the darn things, and I'm getting too old to get out at night. I will just protect my pond/tubs/gardens as best I can.

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Re: Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby Aaron » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:27 am

Yep, it can be difficult to eliminate Cane Toads but I do this one can keep their numbers low in a small area. Sorry to hear they have reached your area, definitely agree with protecting the ponds and gardens around your place. If you can collect any toad spawn if you see it, it would be a good way to prevent them gaining a foothold there as well as managing any adults you encounter.

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Re: Morphing in the Northern Rivers NSW

Postby adoptatadpole » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:39 pm

Semi-rural where we are with heaps of dams/waterways/creeks etc. I can't do any more than protect our property. Any frogs that leave the area of our small property will be in peril. Somehow it makes me wonder about the legitimacy of breeding them, just so they can be part of the Bufo food program. Mongrel of a situation - but it's reality.

Al


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