Insights into the life cycle of Striped Marsh Frogs, Limnodynastes peronii

A super common species found on the Central Coast. the Striped Marsh Frog, Limnodynastes peronii, which I helped Veronica Grigaltchik with collecting floating foam egg nests during her field work.

A recording of the males “Tok.. Tok.. Tok”  call:

Adult Striped Marsh Frog
Adult Striped Marsh Frog
Adult male, calling from damp cover
Adult male, calling from damp cover
Floating egg nest in a sheltered, damp position
Floating egg nest in a sheltered, damp position
Getting a closer look, for collection under a scientific permit
Getting a closer look, for collection under a scientific permit
A closer look at the developing embryo
Tadpoles free from their eggs
Tadpoles free from their eggs
Marsh Frogs like many other species, as tadpoles, are vegetarian, eating the algae filmd which grows on the rocks and walls of their environment, as well as broken down plant material - though, have fed assorted tadpoles dead snails, which are quickly hollowed out from their shells. In captivity, they may be supplemented with fish food, frozen lettuce which has been frozen or boiled to break down the cell structure to help make it more readily torn apart and consumed - served at room temperature in small amounts as to not fowl and corrupt the water.
Marsh Frogs like many other species, as tadpoles, are vegetarian, eating the algae filmd which grows on the rocks and walls of their environment, as well as broken down plant material – though, have fed assorted tadpoles dead snails, which are quickly hollowed out from their shells. In captivity, they may be supplemented with fish food, frozen lettuce which has been frozen or boiled to break down the cell structure to help make it more readily torn apart and consumed – served at room temperature in small amounts as to not fowl and corrupt the water.
A developed tadpole
A developed tadpole
A small metamorph which has mostly resorbed the reserves of energy from the no longer needed tadpole tail
A small metamorph which has mostly resorbed the reserves of energy from the no longer needed tadpole tail
Frogs make up a valuable resource in their environment for other wildlife, including this Red-Bellied Black Snake.
Frogs make up a valuable resource in their environment for other wildlife, including this Red-Bellied Black Snake.

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