Baw Baw Frog  |  

Philoria frosti

Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The Baw Baw Frog grows to 45 mm. It is dark brown above with scattered black flecks and irregular lighter patches. The upper surface is scattered with small warts on the sides and rump. There are prominent black lobe-shaped paratoid glands on each side extending over the shoulders.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Philoria frosti

    The confinement of most weather events of the Baw Baw Frog population to the south e.g. cyclones; western escarpment of the Baw Baw Plateau; droughts) which is wetter and cooler than other areas within the distribution of the species (Hollis 2004); supports the hypothesis that a warming and drying climate may be a major factor in the population decline and distribution shift observed in the species (Hollis 2011). 2.2 Clearing; Known Sambar deer and feral cattle occur on the Baw trampling; potential Baw Plateau; where their grazing and fragmentation; browsing on native vegetation; and trampling altered and use of breeding habitat as wallows; is a hydrology; potential threat (Hollis 2011). (Hollis 2011).