Baw Baw Frog Philoria frosti

Frogs of Victoria series


The Baw Baw Frog, Philoria frosti, is a dark brown frog with lighter blotches It has a prominent parotoid gland on each shoulder. Total length to around 45 mm.

Photo of Baw Baw Frog, Philoria frosti

Baw Baw Frog
Photographer: Peter Robertson. Source: Wildlife Profiles Pty. Ltd.

Distribution and habitat

The Baw Baw Frog is restricted to the Mt. Baw Baw region, where it lives below the tree line, although until fairly recently it was common in the sphagnum bogs on the plateau, where it could be located among the roots of heath growing in the sphagnum, or under logs.


Diet consists of small invertebrates. Females lay up to 180 eggs in a foam nest. Tadpoles, which are not free swimming, feed on their large yolk sacs.

Further Reading

Barker, J., Grigg, G. and Tyler, M. J. 1995. A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Sydney.

Cogger, H. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, Sydney.

Hero, J. M., Littlejohn, M. & Marantelli, G. 1991. Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, East Melbourne.

Tyler, M. J. 1992. Encyclopaedia of Australian Animals: Frogs. Angus & Robertson, Sydney.

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brice thomas 28 August, 2009 10:25
i have an aqssignment on endangered animals so i have choose the Baw Baw Frog and i thought that you could help me on it. My name is Brice Beahan.
Discovery Centre 29 August, 2009 09:45

Hi Brice! There is a lot of information about this particular frog available on the internet. Just search for "baw baw frog" using a search engine and you will find many reliable and informative sites. It is certainly a very endangered species, and lots of people are doing what they can to help it survive. We even found some great school projects on similar topics - beautiful!

Kevin 5 July, 2010 13:59
Thanks for this information, i am doing an assignment on endangered animals as well, i chose to do a different animal than what my fellow classmates did, so thats why i chose the Baw Baw Frog
Hanah 9 August, 2010 22:31
im doing a project on animals and i have to describe my life as a baw baw frog. and all the site told me different things. So i was wondering what is the main reason fo the Baw Baw Frogs declining population?
Discovery Centre 14 August, 2010 10:46

and also the following site linked on that page here. There is also a wealth of information regarding this frog available on the internet. To start with take a look at the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts pages linked here.

angus 11 November, 2010 15:43
pleace help the baw baw frogs
lucy 22 July, 2011 19:05
hi! I am also doing an assignement on the Baw Baw frog and I was wandering what steps have been taken to help them survive? thanks for your help!
Discovery Centre 1 August, 2011 13:22
Hi Lucy, there are a few websites that indicate or give further infomation about measures in place to protect these frogs. These include: National Recovery Plan for the PBaw Baw Frog hiloria frosti; the Australian Government's Species profile and threats online database; the EDGE of existence program; and the IUCN Red List.
Nicholas 15 November, 2011 11:34
i have a question about the baw baw frog. What is this frogs niche?
Discovery Centre 16 November, 2011 11:49


Hello Nicholas,

Baw Baw Frogs (Philoria frosti) are found in the Baw Baw Plateau in eastern Victoria. They were initially thought to live only in alpine heath and grassland, but are now known to occupy moist eucalypt forests around the edge of the plateau. They feed on insects and worms during summer and are probably inactive through winter when the plateau is covered with snow.

The eggs are laid in wet sphagnum bogs that are subject to flooding, and the tadpoles live in alpine bogs and seepages.

Wil 7 June, 2016 13:54
What helps the Baw Baw frogs survive on Mount Baw Baw?
Discovery Centre 14 June, 2016 11:31

Hi Wil,

Baw Baw Frogs (Philoria frosti) survives on Mt Baw Baw as all animals survive in their environment – by adapting to it. This species lives mostly underground and they mate in summer when the weather is at its warmest. During winter they are probably inactive under the snow, conserving energy, and the rest of the year they feed on earthworms and whatever underground prey they can find. Tadpoles can live in tiny pools, gaining nutrition from their attached yolk sac rather than trying to find food that may be unavailable at that altitude. This combination of features enables them to live in one of the harshest environments in Australia.

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