Species profile

Tornier's Frog

Tornier's Frog

Range and abundance

Tornier’s Frog occurs in coastal areas from north-west Queensland to north-west Western Australia.


Tornier’s Frog is around 35 mm long. It is usually uniform rich reddish-brown to pale cream-brown above, with a broad dark stripe on the side of the face from the nose to just before the eye. This stripe continues behind the eye, over the ear, stopping abruptly at arm-level. The hind side of the thighs are yellow, bordered above and below by dark brown. The top of the iris is silver to gold, whilst the lower part of the iris is almost indistinguishable from the pupil. The fingers and toes are long and narrow, with very small toe-pads.


This is a ground dwelling species, inhabiting seasonal swamps of open woodlands and plains. Breeding occurs after rain from November to March. Males call after rain from near or partially under grass tussocks or leaf litter with a loud, steadily repeated “quacking” call. The tadpoles range throughout water bodies, and can be found in large numbers.


The floodplain habitat of this species can be damaged and fouled by pigs and feral herbivores. Frequent late-season burns may alter feeding and breeding habitat.


What is AWC doing?

AWC controls numbers of feral herbivores and pigs on its sanctuaries. On Wongalara, AWC has created a very large feral-herbivore free area (around 100,000 ha) by strategic fencing; a similar fence is currently being constructed on Pungalina – Seven Emu. AWC implements fire management to reduce the frequency of extensive late dry season fires, using early burns to produce a more patch-burn effect. 

Did you know:

The eggs of Tornier’s Frog are laid as a single floating layer, sometimes partly attached to vegetation. A single female may lay several hundred eggs at a time.