Frog - Southern Frog
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Painted Burrowing Frog, Painted Spadefoot Toad
Breeding season: summer, autumn or winter. Females lay approximately 1000 eggs. Males call while floating in still water. They burrow beneath the soil surface during periods of water shortage and emerge only after heavy rains to breed. They most likely use leaf litter, fallen logs and ground cover vegetation as shelter whilst above ground.
The eye is prominent. Has a vertical pupil. The tympanum (eardrum) is not visible. Limbs are short. Fingers are cylindrical and unwebbed. Toes are fully webbed, with a black shovel-shaped lump on the undersurface, used for burrowing. Can be distinguished from the more widespread Common Spadefoot Toad/SudellÃƒâ€¢s Frog (N. sudelli) by the lack of baggy skin around the groin.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The Painted Frog only appears after heavy rains.
Carnivore. Adults feed on a wide variety of insects.
Adults are found in open grasslands, mallee, woodland, farmland and cleared areas. They are usually found in or around flooded areas after periods of heavy rainfall, including grassy marshes, lagoons, flooded claypans, temporary roadside pools, ditches, mallee swales (a marshy depression between ridges) and farm dams.
Native to Australia