Frogs are an essential part of our natural environment. They help to control the populations of some insects and are a food source for other predators, such as snakes, goannas, freshwater turtles, egrets, kookaburras, antechinus, etc.
The Moreton Bay region is home to a wide variety of frogs including threatened species such as the Wallum froglet and Giant barred frog.
- Frogs have a three-chambered heart
- Use their skin as a respiratory (breathing) surface to augment the function of their lungs
- Spend part (or all) of their life as a tadpole stage living in freshwater
- Cane Toads (family Bufonidae) taxonomically are frogs (order Anura)
- There are no true toads native to Australia.
What is council doing to support native frogs in the region?
Council conducts an extensive range of revegetation programs across the regions parks and natural areas aimed at supporting all native wildlife.
Interactions between frogs and the invasive cane toads are complex. Find more about what Council is doing about cane toads.
What can residents do to support local frog populations?
Residents of the region can support native frog populations through a number of ways, including recording and reporting your sightings through the FrogID app.
Find out more about frog identification, refer to Council’s frog brochure.
Creating a frog friendly backyard can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Some ways of attracting frogs to your backyard include:
- Building frog hotels out of PVC pipes, rocks, groundcovers and shrubs. Find out how to construct a frog hotel.
- Constructing a frog pond with multiple habitats. Ensure the pond has deep and shallow areas with rocks, pebbles and dirt on the base and around the edges. Plant native sedges and grasses around the waterbody, with logs placed between plants. Find out more about creating frog friendly backyards.
- Ensure your installed habitat is not a breeding ground for mosquitoes by checking it regularly, encouraging natural predators such as dragon flies or by treating the pond with products that are frog-friendly.
- Planting native plants within your garden to provide shaded, cool areas for frogs to live in during the day.
How can Council help me?
Council runs a Voluntary Conservation program which encourages the protection of native plants and animals on private land, to restore and improve wildlife habitat.
Bushcare is another program run by Council, which encourages volunteers to actively participate in working bees to improve local bushland.