Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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There are a number of frogs that have adapted to desert life with four species recorded at Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Known as water-holding frogs, these amphibians bury themselves deep in the sand where the temperature is constant.

If enough rain falls to soak down to where they have burrowed down, the frogs then dig their way up out of their burrows to breed. They dig their way out with their tiny spade-like structures under their feet.

After breeding the frogs bloat themselves full of water before burying themselves in the sand again. awaiting the next major rainfall.

One of the species of frogs found at Uluru is the Main’s Frog (Cyclorana maini).

This stout small water-holding frog has adapted to desert conditions. It is usually found in temporary pools in watercourses, claypans and other short-lived bodies of water in the arid region of Western and Central Australia.

Frogs are opportunistic feeders and will eat whatever is available, including ants, beetles, flies, grasshoppers, moths, spiders and termites.

Check out our main Fauna Index section on the Main’s Frog.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Subclass: Lissamphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Hylidae
  • Species: C. maini
  • Binomial name: Cyclorana maini