Issue 21, January - April 2002

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Dahls Aquatic Frog

Frog Watch: Dahl's Aquatic frog lives in wetlands and coastal river systems, is thought to be toxic to other wildlife . . . and is known to feed on other frog species.
Photo: Martin Armstrong

A NEW website devoted to Australia’s northern frogs allows people to track the spread of the cane toad as well as check on the status and distribution of the many native frogs of the north.

The site will become an online encyclopedia for frogs in this region, with pictures, frog calls, maps of frog distributions and answers to many hot frog questions.

These range from advice on ‘toad-busting’ a particular area, the age of green tree frogs and all sorts of facts on these intriguing amphibians. The site already has information on 61 frogs including the cane toad.

The technology will allow people to enter sightings of frogs including the ubiquitous cane toad, report on its impacts and ask questions about frogs.

The site was put together by Frogwatch NT and is supported by the Tropical Savannas CRC, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Australian Association for Environmental Education, the Key Centre for Tropical Wildlife Management at NTU, the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, the Northern Land Council, Caring for Country Unit and Environment Australia, Kakadu National Park.