Can you tell the difference between a cricket or a frog? Sometimes it's easy to mix them up.
What drives a frog or toad to spend the night croaking?
Graceful Tree Frog | Photographer: Jodi Rowley © Australian Museum
We all know that frogs croak (or ribbit, chirp or hoot), but why? What drives frogs to call throughout the night from your backyard pond or local creek? The biggest clue is that in almost all frog species, only males call. In fact, that noise you hear in your backyard pond, local creek or dam is a sweet serenade- male frogs calling to attract female frogs. Because every species has a different sounding call, you can identify frog species just by listening.
Australia has over 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct.Read more
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