There’s a hole in the paddock, dear Lise, dear Lise

… and it’s because new fencing is going in. Our neighbours dug some post holes and inadvertently performed a small wildlife survey via these ‘pit traps’. Here’s the very common striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peroni) …

Striped marsh frog, Limnodynastes peroni; photo by Lise Bolton

Striped marsh frog, Limnodynastes peroni; photo by Lise Bolton

Photo by Lise Bolton

Photo by Lise Bolton

Photo by Lise Bolton

Photo by Lise Bolton

You can hear the ‘toc, toc’ sound of the striped marsh frog at the Amphibian Research Centre. We can hear the sounds of this frog and the one below clearly in the wet season.

Lise thinks this is the burrowing Eastern banjo frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii grayi), also called the pobblebonk …

Pobblebonk, Limnodynastes dumerilii grayi

Pobblebonk, Limnodynastes dumerilii grayi; photo by Lise Bolton

… because its call is ‘bonky’ (and, yes, pun intended, as it’s a mating call) – check it out here.

Finally, a melomys – either Melomys burtoni (the “grassland melomys”) or M. cervinipes (“fawn-footed”). According to the Queensland Museum, burtoni is rarely encountered, so perhaps it’s cervinipes. The habitat of cervinipes is “[r]ainforest and moist lantana, bracken, creek verges”, which is spot on for the paddock. Both species occur in our area, according to various field guides.

Melomys sp.

Melomys sp.; photo by Lise Bolton

Melomys are threatened by land clearing and cats, so I’m patting myself on the back for having caught 16 feral cats (over 13 years, three this year alone) and had the local vet dispose of them.

The frogs and melomys were all photographed and released unharmed, in the case of the melomys probably to go back to Lise’s house and eat pumpkins while swinging from the rafters – or did I misinterpret what she said? 🙂 Golly, some animals just won’t read the field guides to know how they should behave, do they?

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8 Responses to There’s a hole in the paddock, dear Lise, dear Lise

  1. kath says:

    Well done with the ferals, Joy. They deserve to be disposed of humanely. The marsh frogs are quite large compared to the ones we see at Nulla. And the little feet and toes are quite long. They are no doubt another species, but with similar colouring.
    Are you getting as much rain as we are in Sydney? If so, the frogs would be making quite a sound with their “choc” chorus.

  2. janebeau says:

    Now we have the Leopard Spotted Toad locally [Cape Town, South Africa] – rarish and getting more so. Now is its mating season but only at full moon. A happy group of toad lovers gathers each year to shepherd them across various roads to the ancestral mating ponds – they are hard to spot and get run over. A lot. Nice hobby that – toad shepherding. xx j

  3. Alan Sandercock says:

    And speaking of cats, domestic cats in our neck of the woods are in danger of being disposed of by wild coyotes that roam around Atlanta suburbs. Every now and then a cat or dog goes missing, and I gather the coyotes are thought to be to blame. Apparently our neighbor saw a coyote in our backyard a few months back. That kind of makes me a little more cautious about walking around after dark.

    • Joy Window says:

      I imagine the wild dogs and part-dingos in this area might keep down the cats, but having seen the big size and ferocity of our feral cats, I’d say the cats would sure know how to defend themselves. Would a coyote be likely to attack a human? Cats are much smaller, especially the tame domestic ones, so would be preferred prey, I guess.

      • I had to do a quick search to find out how common coyote attacks on humans are and was quite surprised at my findings.

        From Wikipedia: 160 attacks in the US in thirty years leading to 2006, mostly in SoCal with two confirmed North American deaths–one in SoCal and one in Nova Scotia.

        We have lots of domestic cat predation by coyote around here (SW New Mexico) but it never occurred to me that they’d attack a human unless they were rabid or under other unusual circumstances. Every coyote I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen perhaps hundreds) was shy and usually running away from me when sighted.

        • Joy Window says:

          Thanks for the info, Rich. I had no idea either. I also didn’t expect coyotes in Atlanta. We have dingos and part-dingos in the countryside, but they aren’t in the cities as far as I know. I’ve heard them calling in the hills around here, and the numbers of wallabies (their main prey) have certainly decreased here. Dingos occasionally attack people but it’s rare – only a couple of deaths have been recorded, most famously the Azaria Chamberlain case. It’s thought that in tourist areas where they are fed (though tourists are warned not to), they get bolder and more assertive, and attacks on people, especially children, occasionally happen.

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