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Ornate Burrowing Frog

Ornate Burrowing Frog
Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Ornate Burrowing Frog:
Limnodynastes ornatus

  • A small, round frog.

  • The eyes are golden and seem relatively large and round.

  • The frog is usually a sandy brown, but the markings can vary.

  • However, the legs usually have rounded stripes that are a darker brown than the background skin.


  • Their call is a fast "unk", and when there are many calling, it can sound like popcorn being made.


  • The average adult length of the Ornate Burrowing frog is 45 millimetres.


  • Found throughout the top end, and down the east coast to Sydney.

  • This species is well­adapted to burrowing when there is little water, and is often found far from the coast and in arid environments.


  • Found in wide range of habitats from coastal rain and wet sclerophyll forest to dry woodlands of the interior.

  • A burrowing species, it is usually found active after rain, or on warm, humid nights.

Script courtesy of Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey

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