The Common Froglet is variable in colour and back pattern. The main colour ranges from light grey, fawn or brown to dark grey or brown to almost black and patterns include broad or narrow stripes and blotches. The belly is granular with black or very dark fairly solid markings. Total length to about 30 mm.
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.
Distribution and habitat
The Common Froglet is widely distributed throughout Victoria, from the Alpine regions to the plains. It is found hiding under logs and vegetation in damp situations such as streams, ponds or lakes during the day.
Females lay eggs in wetlands such as dams, ponds, and swamps. Metamorphosis takes 40–70 days.
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