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Native frogs sometimes mistaken for cane toads

Western Australia has 78 species of native frogs. The photographs below, arranged by geographical region, will assist in identifying native frogs that are sometimes mistaken for cane toads. Many of these native frogs burrow and only emerge after rain. This sometimes gives the impression that they have suddenly ‘arrived’ in the area. Frogs can also vary greatly in colour and patterning, so these photographs should be used as a guide only.


Motorbike frog
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Motorbike frog or western tree frog (Litoria moorei) (53–74mm). Variable in colour and markings. Usually has a pale dorsal stripe and dark stripe from nose though eye and ear. Suckers on fingers and toes. Photo: D RobinsonDistribution: Murchison to Cape Riche.
Moaning frog
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Moaning frog (Heleioporus eyrei) (45–63mm). Often has prominent eyes. Brown with greyish, white or yellowish marbling on back and sides. Photo: D RobinsonDistribution: Coastal south-west and south coast, Geraldton to Cape Arid.
Banjo frog
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Banjo frog (Limnodynastes dorsalis) (60–75mm). Usually has reddish colour to inner thigh, a pale dorsal stripe and a prominent lump on calf. Photo: R Browne-CooperDistribution: Lower Murchison to Cape Arid.
Hooting frog
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Hooting frog (Heleioporus barycragus) (60–86mm). Chocolate-brown frog with raised yellow spots on sides. Photo: G HaroldDistribution: Darling Scarp, Bullsbrook to Darkan and Dryandra.
Native humming frog
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Humming frog (Neobatrachus pelobatoides) (37–44mm). Dull green to pale yellow with irregular dark brown/grey-green patches. Usually has a fine pale red stripe down the back. Photo: R JohnstoneDistribution: Central west to south coast and agricultural areas between.