Cris writes, "Most people are familiar with the Green Tree Frog that lives around our houses but the other island frogs are not so often known. Here are pictures of some of them.
The Graceful Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta)Striped Rocket Frog (Litoria nasuta)
The Graceful Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta), the Striped Rocket Frog (Litoria nasuta) and the Ornate Burrowing Frog ( Limnodynastes Ornatus). There are many Ornate Burrowing Frog babies (pictured) active in the daytime and they should not be confused with toads whose tiny young are all black. A full list with pictures of all the island frogs can be found at Magnetic Island Wildlife Site - (click here
Unfortunately along with the frogs the Cane Toads are also out and about every night. Very few in Arcadia - probably thanks to the local Cane Toad Races, but heaps in the other Bay areas and along the West Point Road. Ideally being an island it should be possible to eliminate these toxic pests. These 'bad guys' are not only a danger to kids and dogs but to any wildlife that eats them such as birds and reptiles.
The community in Darwin has been rallying to stem their advance and it's a great example of what 'people power' can do. Their site is located (here
One of the best ways to catch these critters is to grab them with your hand in a plastic shopping bag (to avoid their poison), turn it inside out and tie the top.
Cris is also offering to send them gently to toad heaven in the freezer. Anyone with toads (bagged) and no freezer is welcome to contact me her on 4758 1624 and she will enthusiastically despatch them. Anyone interested in going on 'toad excursions' is also welcome to phone.
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