The frog family (Family Anura) is an ancient group. They may be found as fossils as old as 250 million years. This predates the dinosaurs.
Frogs are an essential part of our natural environment. They help to control the populations of animals that they feed upon. Frogs, in turn, become food for other predators. Animals that eat frogs include some snakes, goannas, freshwater turtles, egrets, kookaburras, antechinuses, and dingoes.
The Moreton Bay Region is home to a variety of frog species, but sadly, some species are disappearing.
Free frogs booklet
Council has produced a frog booklet [PDF 1.5MB] to assist residents to identify frogs of our region, and to provide information about establishing and protecting healthy frog-habitats. The booklet contains information about 35 native frog species.
Your backyard environment can be made more suitable for frogs by creating a frog pond.
When building a frog pond keep in mind to plant the appropriate species, create an appropriate depth of the pool / pond, keep rocks and hollow logs near the water and prevent any fertilisers or poisons from entering this environment.
The advantages of frog ponds are:
- A water garden with flowering marsh plants and water lilies is a very attractive focal point. These plants generally require little maintenance
- The ability to observe the life cycle of frogs throughout the seasons provides added interest to your gardening
- Frogs help control insect pests
- Mosquitos can be controlled by including native fish to eat the mosquito lavae