Fast Facts

10 Fast Facts about Corroboree Frogs

FACT #1: Two Species – The Southern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne corroboree) and the Northern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi). Differences include colour, patterns, home range and skin biochemistry.

FACT #2: Diet: eat small invertebrates, particularly small black ants.

FACT #3: Size: 2.5 – 3 cm body length.

FACT #4: Habitat: Small seasonal wetlands and surrounding vegetation in the Australian Alps above 750 metres.

FACT #5: Key threat: disease caused by the amphibian chytrid fungus.

FACT #6: Conservation status: critically endangered.

FACT #7: Toxic: secretes a poisonous alkaloid from its skin which is toxic to predators.

FACT #8: Bright colours warn it is poisonous.

FACT #9: Walks rather than jumps.

FACT #10: Winter torpor: inactive during the winter, remaining under logs or litter on the woodland floor.

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The Southern Corroboree frog
(Pseudophryne corroboree)
Photo: David Hunter (OEH)

The Northern Corroboree frog
(Pseudophryne pengilleyi)
Photo: David Hunter (OEH)