Green frogs will croak in win­ter, ex­pert warns

The Advertiser - - NEWS - JILL PENGELLEY

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?”

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