Frog of the Week

Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus)

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endangered
Common Name: Giant Barred Frog, Giant Barred River-Frog
Scientific Name: Mixophyes iteratus
Family: Myobatrachidae
Location: Australia
Size: around 4.5 inches max (120 mm)

The Giant Barred Frog is one of the largest native frogs in Australia, though it’s just an above average sized frog. It’s found on the eastern coast of Australia from Sidney to Brisbane. The Giant Barred Frog can be distinguished from other Barred Frog species because of it’s nicely colored golden iris.

The Giant Barred frog is a semi aquatic frog and usually live along stream edges in riparian forests. They breed in late spring and summer. After breeding in the stream, the female kicks the fertilized eggs up on the banks of the stream out of the water. When the eggs hatch, the tadpoles either fall or they wiggle their way into the water.

The Giant Barred Frog and a lot of Australian frogs are in endanger of becoming extinct. Clearing of habitat for urban development and timber. Invasive species such as weeds and feral pigs have also degraded the habitat of the Giant Barred Frog.

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