Wanna ID our frogs? Toadally!
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.