Green frogs will croak in winter, expert warns
A WOMAN with 1000 tadpoles in her bathtub, pictured, risks losing the lot to the elements, says an Adelaide frog expert who insists they belong in warmer climes.
Marilee Burtt, of Yunta in the Mid-North, is hoping to offload the tadpoles before they turn into 1000 green tree frogs, but only to people with garden ponds.
After offering them free on Facebook, she chose seven people who promised not to keep them indoors, but Adelaide University researcher Professor Mike Tyler said the frogs would perish in a South Australian winter.
“They will die,” he said yesterday. “I’d make sure they go into the pet trade, where people will look after them.”
Prof Tyler said green tree frogs had a wide range across warmer parts of the country but were not found in the wild in southern Australia.
An animal lover, Ms Burtt took in her first green tree frog last April, after it hitched a ride to Yunta in a traveller’s folding chair. She bought two more to keep it company then discovered they had bred in the bath.
“All I want to do is get them to nice homes but I won’t accept anyone with tanks,” she said, dismissing any suggestion SA was too cold.
“What would you do if you had that many tadpoles and your bathroom was about to be inundated with frogs?”