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Simpsons Gap is a unique gorge that is home to a number of species of arid land frogs. During the right conditions, as seen during the first couple of months in 2010, locals and visitors were thrilled to witness thousands of frogs ranging from the Desert Tree Frog, Spencer’s Burrowing Frog, Main’s Frog (also known as the Sheep Frog) and the delightful green Centralian Tree Frog.

Check out our following images of frogs taken at Simpsons Gap


Centralian Tree Frog

The delightful Centralian Tree Frog, also sometimes referred to as the Centralian Green Frog, actually lives in the cracks and crevices of the rocks in Simpsons Gap. They are more likely to be seen at night, venturing out from the cracks of the rocks to feed. They can sometimes be seen on heavily overcast days and especially during times of significant rain.

Our Fauna section has more information on the delightful green Centralian Tree Frog.


Desert Tree Frog

Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella) has a number of common name and varies in colour from grey, red-brown to fawn, often with dark flecks on its back. A dark band runs along the side of the head and body. Their colour is sometimes so well blended with its background, as can be seen with those found living in the rocky canyons of the arid centre, that you can often walk straight pass them, without noticing.

Our Fauna section has more information on the Desert Tree Frog.


Main’s Frog

The Main’s Frog (Cyclorana maini) is a solid looking small water-holding frog that has adapted to desert conditions. Found in the arid region of Western and Central Australia, it is one of the burrowing frogs, it survives the dry periods by absorbing water into its body, then burrows deep underground, encasing itself in a watertight (cocoon) bag, until the next major rains.

Our Fauna section has more information on the Main’s Frog (also known as the Sheep Frog).


Spencer’s Burrowing Frog

With the perfect climatic conditions, thousands of frogs emerged from aestivation, including the Spencer’s Burrowing Frog digging its way up from underground.

Our Fauna section has more information on the Spencer’s Burrowing Frog.