Hunting for Pobblebonks
There is a good chance you have heard of the Pobblebonk Frog, because it is one of the most well known frogs in Victoria! If you don’t know the name Pobblebonk, maybe you know it by its other name, the Banjo Frog? It is named this because of the banjo-like ‘plonk’ or ‘bonk’ sound it makes.
Its ok if you have not heard of this frog at all, because by the end of this article you will and you may even be able to go out and find some yourself!
Pobblebonks live in wetlands, rivers, farms and dams. They can be found throughout Tasmania, Victoria and along the east coast of News South Wales. They follow the typical diet of most frogs, eating insects, worms and spiders… yuuuummyy!
The Pobblebonk is a burrowing frog. This means, with its powerful hind legs, it can dig backwards into the ground where it can stay until it rains. Pobblebonk males compete with their calls to attract females emerging from burrows after rain. Breeding occurs from August to April, and this means that NOW is the perfect time to go searching for these musical wonders!
With all the rain coming our way in spring, head out to your local lake/creek/wetland/river/farm or dam at the first chance of a break and listen carefully for the sound!
Above is a sound clip taken from Woodlands Park in Essendon, so you don’t even need to travel far out of the city to find these wonderful creatures, they could be in your local park!
What can I do to help?
Sometimes humans can be a frog’s worst enemy!
Although the Pobblebonk numbers are strong and widespread, loss of habitat due to clearing of land and development threatens some species of frogs. These threatened species need your help.
Keep waterways clean by not dumping waste and toxic liquids into your drains and creeks.
Frogs are also in danger of an infectious disease caused by the chytrid fungus, which can make them sick or kill them. Help protect all frogs by not touching or moving them from one area to another.
Create a frog-friendly backyard by composting and avoid use of hard chemicals like herbicides. Lastly be careful when digging in the garden as the Pobblebonk will usually be found burrowed underground.