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Tusked Frog

 
Introduction:
Olive green to brown, butterfly-shaped patch on back of head, groin and hind legs with black and red-orange marbling.
Identification:
Olive green to brown in colour, with a butterfly-shaped patch on the back of its head. Skin is rough with ridges and warts. Limbs are usually barred or banded with darker markings. Groin and the edges of its hind legs have black and red-orange marbling. Male’s belly is black with white spots and the female’s is marbled black and white. Fingers and toes have very little webbing. Body size up to 5 cm.
Max. Size:
5 cm.
Distribution:
Coastal Queensland and New South Wales
Habitat: Beside streams in rainforests, wet Eucalypt forests, grasslands and swamps.
Biology:
It gets its name from the two long, sharp ‘tusks’ or elongated teeth projecting from its lower jaw. The teeth are much longer in the male than the female. The male use its 'tusks' to defend territory. Its call is similar to a single 'tok' or 'cluck' sound, repeated several times a minute. In spring and summer, the male will call to attract the female while floating in the water, hidden among vegetation or behind rocks and logs. The female lays her eggs in a floating foam nest. The frog is difficult to find as it hides among vegetation and logs beside puddles, streams and ditches.
Other Common Names:
Tusk Frog