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In full voice

July 13, 2016

Common FrogletCommon Froglets (Crinia signifera) are calling day and night at present in wetlands around the district. Two (or perhaps more) in particular are battling it out for supremacy in our garden pond, as can be heard in the audio recording below.

Those who attended the recent talk on Frogs and Reptiles by Steve Wilson at Flowerdale would be aware that only the males call to advertise their presence. With the Common Froglet, the males call throughout the year and breeding can occur in any month, unlike many species where breeding is seasonal. This little frog is one of Victoria’s most common and widespread frog species, absent only from the far north-west Mallee region. Its colouring and markings can vary greatly, so we hope we have correctly identified the frog above which was photographed next to the pond – we would welcome any other suggestion.

Anyway, take a minute to listen to the hypnotic clickety-click calls by clicking on the audio below.

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