Frogs of the Upper Blue Mountains

On a cold Blackheath evening last October twelve bushcarers met near the Duckpond to learn about local frogs from Alan Lane. Unfortunately only two frogs were calling that night: the Common Eastern Froglet and the Eastern Pobblebonk.

However, Alan was able to show some wonderful photos of the ten or so most common Blue Mountains frogs – both mature and tadpoles — and play recordings of their calls. He described the interesting behaviour of each species, including the differing lengths of their life cycles.

Alan has completed a Masters degree in frog ecology, researching frogs in the upper Blue Mountains area.

Below is a list of the frogs discussed — and their calls — from Alan.

Common frogs of the Blue Mountains

Common NameScientific NameCall
Common Eastern FrogletCrinia signiferaA bit like a cricket: ‘crik, crik, crik’. Can be heard year round.
Eastern Pobblebonk or Banjo FrogLimnidynastes dumeriliiA resonant, musical ‘kplunk’
Striped Marsh FrogLimnodynastes peroniiA soft short call, like a tennis ball being hit: ‘pok pok’ or ‘wuk wuk’. Can be heard year round.
Laughing Frog or Emerald-spotted Tree FrogLitoria peroniiA harsh, rattling, downward-inflected cackle or laugh: ‘ackackackack’
Whirring Tree FrogLitoria verreauxiiA very penetrating, upward ‘weep weep weep’
Blue Mountains Tree FrogLitoria citropaSounds like a toy wooden horse galloping. Lots at Ingar Swamp, Kings Tableland.
Bleating Tree FrogLitoria dentateBleating call, almost painful in intensity and pitch; a bit like cicadas
Broad-footed Tree FrogLitoria latopalmataRapid ‘yapping’ or ‘quacking’. Calls from the edges of water bodies, e.g. dams.
Lesueur‘s FrogLitoria lesueuriSoft, purring call from near water. Common around rocky, flowing streams, e.g. Govett‘s Creek