Common Eastern Froglet, Crinia Signifera, Highlights of their Life Cycle

These are one of our most common and smallest local frogs, and may breed in ephemeral soaks, including patches as compact as a tyre depression on a fire trail, which can make for easy observations should you be strolling along a trail at night, though, you may even find them active during the day in a warm sheltered spot – sitting still for a few minutes, they can return to calling and being active.

A male calling from the base of a water plant in a soak
A male calling from the base of a water plant in a soak 

(A recording of their call: Common Eastern Froglet Call )

Calling from under fallen leaves by the waters edge
Calling from under fallen leaves by the waters edge
Calling from a small soak, note expanded vocal sack
Calling from a small soak, note expanded vocal sack
Amplecting
Amplecting
Amplecting with egg deposition, the males "nuptial grip" around her abdomen, applies pressure to assist in the female depositing the eggs.
Amplecting with egg deposition, the males “nuptial grip” around her abdomen, applies pressure to assist in the female depositing the eggs.
A closer look at some deposited eggs
A closer look at some deposited eggs
Developing into tadpoles inside their eggs - these eggs were deposited in a shallow soak in the middle of a fire trail
Developing into tadpoles inside their eggs – these eggs were deposited in a shallow soak in the middle of a fire trail
Crinia metamorphs that were raised to ID the eggs.. hinting at their variable colours and patterns
Crinia metamorphs that were raised to ID the eggs.. hinting at their variable colours and patterns
Some will go on to mate as adults, others, will be filtered out by predators - like this Black Bellied Marsh Snake, Hemiaspis signata
Some will go on to mate as adults, others, will be filtered out by predators – like this Black Bellied Marsh Snake, Hemiaspis signata

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