Adults. The Giant Burrowing Frog is a rotund frog with muscular forearms and hindlimbs, growing to about 95 mm. Its back colouring is quite variable, ranging from steely blue-grey to black and dark chocolate brown. Varying degrees of white/yellowish spots can occur on the sides in all populations (including essentially no spots at all). The species is always white below with some brown on the throat. It has a yellowish splash in the armpits, and a flap of skin at the anterior corner of the eyes. Adult males have warts capped by black spines on the back and sides. This species eyes are prominent and large. Tadpoles. Giant Burrowing Frog tadpoles are large in size and very plump. The body colour is usually black or very dark grey to brown. The tadpoles are very slow moving.
Giant Burrowing Frog |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Heleioporus australiacus
Potential threats include Inappropriate fire regimes; especially those that alter vegetation structure and composition (Penman et al.; 2008) and affect water attributes (sedimentation load; nutrient load and oxygenation).