Overland Corner frogging

March 10, 2011

Looking for frogs at night at the Overland corner wetland, Murray river, SA.


A friend and I went frogging at the Overland Corner wetlands on the Murray river near Barmera, SA. Following up on a report of 'hundreds' of the endangered Southern Bellfrog (Growling Grassfrog) on the side of the road, we headed to the site after dark, at first in slight disbelief, and hey presto, found substantial numbers of the species between the road and the water's edge (between 1 and 10 metres away). Amazing stuff!

The species has declined during the recent drought to the point that they have become extremely hard to find. Since the floods in the Murray river system have inundated wetlands and floodplains they have bred up massively and appear to be common again once more!

Locations visited

Overland Corner

Wildlife

Amphibians 1 species
Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) 100 spread out along approx 300 m of road, between the road and the water's edge

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Simon Mustoe on March 11, 2011 about Overland Corner frogging

So exciting to read something like this. At least some sign the Murray can recover a bit. Great news for the frogs...let's hope we get a few more years of rain!


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