Wanna ID our frogs? Toad­ally!

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - MICHELLE ETHERIDGE

THE croaks, rib­bits and grunts ut­tered by tiny rep­tiles across the state will be thrust into the spot­light over the next week, as part of Aus­tralia’s big­gest frog count.

Sci­en­tists are urg­ing peo­ple to take part Frog ID Week un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, us­ing a phone app to record their calls.

The event – part of the Aus­tralian Mu­seum’s FrogID ci­ti­zen sci­ence pro­gram – aims to col­lect data on the health of the coun­try’s 240 frog species. Among those of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est are the Spencer’s bur­row­ing frog, whose habi­tat is north­ern SA, and the south­ern bell frog, which lives in the state’s east.

Ade­laide Zoo keeper Daniel Sal­iba will take part in the event, which he says is a “fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive” help­ing peo­ple en­gage with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Do­rian Lang­don, 9, this week met Gibb the splen­did tree frog at the Ade­laide Zoo, and is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in Frog ID Week. Mum Hay­ley O’Reilly says her chil­dren will be “ec­static” to take part.

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