The Moaning Frog


This is a Moaning Frog, otherwise known as Heleioporus eyrei or just plain Jack the Frog.

It might also be fittingly called a Sandy Soil Frog because that is where it is found, as well as in trailers of garden soil, which is where I found this one. That was on the first day of getting soil from my brothers. The second day I was a bit more careful about digging and still managed to find another one in the trailer when putting it in the garden. Unfortunately the second one was missing a back left leg but nonetheless managed to move off from where I had placed it (under the same bush near a nice sandy spot where I placed the one the day before).

This I am not sure about because I know the call these frogs have and hopefully they are far enough down from the house not to trouble us in autumn when they begin their calling which is quite a loud, plaintive kind of moan. That is if they are males. So I will keep an ear out to note whether I hear two calls or not.

Regardless, I am happy to have frogs in the garden.

About Petit Paradis

I am on a journey with my family to transition as closely as practicable to a state of self-reliance in suburbia. I practice permaculture principles in our house, garden and community. We are on the southern coast of Western Australia. To our north is the rest of the world. To the south, Antarctica.
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