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Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Water-holding frog (Cyclorana platycephala) (40–68mm). Flattened head with eyes pointing up. Toes (but not fingers) are fully webbed. Photo: B MaryanDistribution: Gascoyne district east through the desert.
Kimberley and Pilbara
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) (71–102mm). Variable in colour and patterning. Has a poorly defined dark stripe from the nose through the eye to the jaw, and folds of skin on the sides of the body. Photo: C MillsDistribution: East Pilbara to the Kimberley and Gulf of Carpentaria.
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Ornate frog (Opisthodon ornatus) (36–42mm). Large bulging eyes, can be elaborately patterned, occasionally with lighter dorsal stripe or band, limbs barred with dark bands. Photo: G HaroldDistribution: Kimberley
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads --Northern burrowing frog (Neobatrachus aquilonius) (48–59mm). Yellow with dark irregular blotches, short limbs, ear drum not visible. Photo: B MaryanDistribution: West Kimberley, Pilbara, east Gibson Desert.
Native frogs mistaken for cane toads - Desert spadefoot (Notaden nichollsi) (42–65mm). Dull orange/olive grey/brown, short legs, long fingers and toes. Black ‘warts’ and scattered spots. Exudes smelly poison when disturbed. Photo: B MaryanDistribution: Southern Kimberley, Pilbara and through the Great Sandy Desert to the Northern Territory.