Save The Southern Corroboree Frog

The Corroboree Frog-the most endangered species in australia

Why The Frog Is Endangered?

The Southern Corroboree Frog is at risk of extinction because of chytridiomycosis- a disease caused by infection with Amphibian Chytrid Fungus. There are probably less than 100 individuals left in the wild.

General Information

The Southern Corroboree Frog only occurs in the Snowy Mountains region of Kosciuszko National Park between 1250 and 1750 meters above sea level. During the breeding season Corroboree Frogs live in pools within sphagnum bogs, wet tussock grasslands, and wet heath. Corroboree Frogs mainly eat small ants and other invertebrates. During winter they eat much less and many individuals don’t appear to eat at all. The breeding season for Corroboree Frogs is during summer, from mid January through to the end of February. The males call from nest sites within thick vegetation at the edges of pools. Female Corroboree Frogs are attracted to their calls and lay their eggs within the male’s nest. After they have laid their eggs the female leaves the male to look after the eggs. A single female usually lays between 10 and 40 eggs in a clutch.

How To Save The Corroborre Frog

Saving the Corroboree Frogs will require helping these species to develop resistance to the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus. The Australian government has developed a plan for saving species threatened with extinction from this disease. A major part of this plan is to assist wild populations develop resistance to the fungus through breeding individuals in captivity and reintroduing them back into the wild.

By Isabelle Afaras 6I