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  Pouched Frog (Assa darlingtoni)





Pouched Frog | Assa darlingtoni photo
Pouched Frog

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POUCHED FROG FACTS

Description
The Pouched Frog is a small red-brown frog. Some specimens have a V-shaped patches or light brown dots scattered on their backs. There is usually a dark brown stripe from the nostril through the eye down each side of the body. It has a fold of skin on each side from the eye to the hip. The feet have no webbing. There is a pouch on the hip where the tadpoles shelter after hatching.

Size
25mm

Habitat
The Pouched Frog is found under logs, rocks, and leaf litter in rainforests and wet eucalypt forest

Breeding
The female lays eggs on the land under a rock, decomposing log or leaf litter. Both male and female frogs guard the nest of eggs. The male carries the tadpoles in his pouch once they have hatched.

Range
south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales



Classification
Class:Amphibia
Order:Anura
Family:Myobatrachidae
Genus:Assa
Species:darlingtoni
Common Name:Pouched Frog