Many of our native frogs can easily be mistaken for cane toads.

One reason is because many of these frogs burrow and only emerge after rain, giving the impression that they have suddenly ‘arrived’ in an area.

Here are some examples of our native frogs to help you identify if the amphibian you have found is a friend or foe.

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Native south-west frogs commonly mistaken for cane toads:

Motorbike frog (Litoria moorei)

Motorbike frog (Litoria moorei)

 

Identifying features:

  • grows to 8 centimetres
  • large native species found in Perth backyards, with a distribution range from Kalbarri through to Cape Riche. It is also found on Rottnest Island.
Western banjo frog (Limnodynastes dorsalis)

Western banjo frog (Limnodynastes dorsalis)

 

Identifying features:

  • grows to 7 centimetres
  • found throughout the south-west
  • robust burrowing species that breeds in lakes and dams, and also occurs in ponds in parkland
Hooting frog (Heleioporus barycragus)

Hooting frog (Heleioporus barycragus)

 

Identifying features:

  • grows to 9 centimetres
  • very robust burrowing species
  • found in Perth Hills/Darling Range.
Moaning frog (Heleioporus eyrei)

Moaning frog (Heleioporus eyrei)

 

Identifying features:

  • grows to 7 centimetres
  • common burrowing species around Perth, and widespread in the lower south-west
Crawling toadlet (Pseudophryne guentheri)

Crawling toadlet (Pseudophryne guentheri)

 

Identifying features:

  • grows to 4 centimetres
  • small burrowing species that crawls instead of hops

 Native Kimberley frogs commonly mistaken for cane toads:

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis)

 

Identifying features:

  • grows to 7 to 10 centimetres
  • large, ground-dwelling frog
  • nocturnal
  • its burrows are usually seen above ground after rain
Marbled frog (Limnodynastes convexiusculus)

Marbled frog (Limnodynastes convexiusculus)

 

Identifying features:

  • moderate size (up to 6 centimetres)
  • wide-bodied frog
  • fingers and toes are unwebbed
  • prominent pale gland above the lip at the angle of the mouth
Long-footed frog (Cyclorana longipes)

Long-footed frog (Cyclorana longipes)

 

Identifying features:

  • medium sized (5 to 6 centimetres)
  • short to moderately long limbs with slender fingers
  • call is a single long harsh note
Rockhole frog (Litoria meiriana)

Rockhole frog (Litoria meiriana)

 

Identifying features:

  • small (2 centimetres)
  • active frog with long limbs
  • short, unwebbed fingers
  • long, fully webbed toes
Bumpy rocket frog (Litoria inermis)

Bumpy rocket frog (Litoria inermis)

 

Identifying features:

  • medium sized (5 to 6 centimetres)
  • short to moderately long limbs with slender fingers
  • call is a single long harsh note
Ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

 

Identifying features:

  • medium sized (4.5 centimetres)
  • round frog with short legs
  • large eyes that stick above its broad head
  • eardrum is not distinct