Only a few frog species spend their entire lives in water (e.g. the presumed extinct gastric brooding frogs Rheobatrachus spp.) while other species can live outside of wetlands (e.g. microhylid species). Most frogs need some water in which to lay eggs and for tadpole development. However, not all water is in wetlands and some frogs are capable of spawning in temporary puddles in grasslands or in wheel ruts, e.g. some burrowing frogs (Cyclorana spp.).
Frogs living in permanent wetlands usually breed in the wet summer months. Those frogs living in the arid inland areas with ephemeral wetlands are usually burrowing frogs that lie underground, surfacing to feed and reproduce only after a rain or flood event. Breeding lasts for only as long as water is present, so the process of egg laying and tadpole development occurs relatively rapidly.
To find out more about species in your area see WetlandSummary.
For specific information on wetland species sightings please go to WetlandMaps or Wildlife Online.
Last updated: 18 June 2019
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2019) Frogs, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 April 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/components/fauna/frogs.html