La burrowing frog (Heleioporus) is a wild animal belonging to genus of amphibians composed of six large species. Only one of the six species is found in southeastern Australia and the rest of the frog species are found in western Australia.

Burrowing frog
Burrowing frog

Species

  • Heleioporus albopunctatus
  • Heleioporus australiacus
  • Heleioporus barycragus
  • Heleioporus eyrei
  • Heleioporus inornatus
  • Heleioporus psammophilus

Features

The burrowing frog is a vertebrate animal It has a size that varies between 6 - 10 cm in length and has a very distinctive appearance that is easily identifiable by its large bulging eyes, its short body and its long fingers and legs. Unlike other frogs, their limbs are not webbed as this would make excavation extremely difficult.

Behavior

Burrowing frogs are diurnal animals y semiacuáticas. They are always found in large bodies of water, hiding on the banks very close to the water, where they remain hidden so as not to be detected by their predators.

Habitat

It is a lowland inhabitant of tropical dry and humid forest. They are generally associated with seasonal flooded areas where it remains underground in the dry season. It can be found at forests, thorny thickets, sheets and cultivated areas with friable soils. The eggs and larvae develop in temporary ponds formed by heavy rains.

Food

The burrowing frog is a carnivorous amphibian that mainly hunts insects, spiders and worms. To do this, it remains immobile close to the victim until the victim drops his guard and the frog executes its movement, it will use its long and sticky to catch its prey.

Predators

Due to its small size, the burrowing frog has different natural predators such as foxes, cats, Dogs, birds, snakes y lizards.

Reproduction

The burrowing frog is an oviparous animal. During their mating, the female can lay up to 1.000 eggs surrounded by a gelatinous mass in her burrow located on the shore, where the eggs remain there until they hatch after the water has flooded the burrow.

State of conservation

The conservation status depends on each species, since they are located in different regions, but in general they are not a family of species of least concern.

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