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  Ornate Burrowing Frog (Limnodynastes ornatus)





Ornate Burrowing Frog | Limnodynastes ornatus photo
Ornate Burrowing Frog.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Ornate Burrowing Frog | Limnodynastes ornatus photo
The Ornate Burrowing Frog is about 45mm long. It is a round shape with blunt nose. This one wandered into our patio one rainy night. It is photographed here in a Cadbury ice cream container ( not its natural habitat...).

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



FROG FACTS

Description
The Ornate Burrowing Frog is a stout frog with broad head with protruding eyes. Variable colour pattern; pale sandy back patterned with irregular darker markings, edged in black; pale butterfly shaped marking often present between shoulders; pale yellow or pale orange stripe may be present down middle of back; small warts often tipped in red are scattered over back; underneath white.

Size
4.5cm

Habitat
Found from wet sclerophyll forest to dry arid woodland.

Food
insects and other invertebrates, other small frogs

Breeding
Males call while floating in the water. Breeding sites can range from puddles to large dams. Over 1000 eggs laid in white foamy mass on surface of still water amongst floating vegetation.

Range
Northern and eastern Australia.



Classification
Class:Amphibia
Order:Anura
Family:Myobatrachidae
Genus:Limnodynastes
Species:ornatus
Common Name:Ornate Burrowing Frog

Relatives in same Genus
  Eastern Banjo Frog (L. dumerili)
  Striped Marsh Frog (L. peroni)
  Salmon-striped Frog (L. salmini)
  Spotted Marsh Frog (L. tasmaniensis)
  Northern Banjo Frog (L. terraereginae)