Turtle Frog

The Turtle Frog is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Turtle Frog is a fossorial (burrowing) species, and probably the most fossorial of all Australian frogs. They even call and mate underground, where the eggs are laid in the moist sand and develop directly into frogs. More

turtle frogs have been heard calling in July, suggesting regional variation in the timing of reproduction. Once a mate has been selected the turtle frog couple retire to the base of the burrow which may be as much as 1.2 metres deep. More

Turtle frogs are found west of a line drawn between Geraldton in the north and Fitzgerald River in the southeast. In the Perth region they are relatively common on the coastal plain (e.g., King's and Bold Park), and absent from the Darling Range. More

Turtle frogs are one of Australia's most unique looking frogs. Their powerful, stubby short front limbs are used for burrowing head first. Found mostly underground, they inhabit the SW tip of Western Australia. More

Myobatrachus gouldii, the turtle frog is an Western Australian frog, and the only species in the genus Myobatrachus. It has a small head, and short limbs, but a round body, up to 45 mm long. It feeds entirely on termites. More

Order : Anura
Family : Myobatrachidae
Genus : Myobatrachus
Species : gouldii
Authority : (Gray, 1841)