Baw Baw Frog

Species: Philoria frosti


The Baw Baw Frog is a critically endangered species. Zoos Victoria have set up a captive breeding program in order to protect it from extinction. Its numbers have declined by 98% since the 1980s.

The Baw Baw Frog can only be found in a restricted area of the Baw Baw plateau. It lays its eggs in a foam nest in natural soil cavities underground. The tadpoles hide under vegetation until they metamorphose into frogs unlike other tadpoles which have an aquatic lifestyle.

In Baw Baw Shire Dr Greg Hollis is also known as ‘The Frog man” and features in this artwork by local artist Helen Timbury.

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