… 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) …
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 …
… 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 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?