New Live Exhibits in Search & Discover: Crucifix Frog

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 11 Dec 2010

What’s tiny, eats ants, bright yellow and extremely cute?

Our new baby Crucifix Frogs!

Crucifix Frog, Notaden bennettii

Crucifix Frog, Notaden bennettii
Photographer: Robert W G Jenkins © Australian Museum

Earlier this year we received five young Crucifix Frogs from Tadpole researcher Marion Anstis that had been raised from tadpoles and were no longer needed for her research. The Australian Museum decided to take them in order to exhibit to the wider public one of Australia’s fascinating and little known frogs.

The Crucifix Frog, Notaden Bennettii, occurs only in the semi-arid floodplains of central NSW and south-central Queensland. They feed only on termites and ants and can live for years hibernating within the clay soil for years to escape the worst of the drought. During the wet times (like now) they will emerge to breed in the temporary pools of the flood plains.

The hardest part of caring for the frogs is keeping up with their voracious apatite, hundreds of ants must be caught daily. This can be difficult task but through placing numerous baited (honey, fruit and chocolate works best) traps on museum grounds the keepers have been able to keep their tiny tummy’s full.

The frogs can now be seen in their exhibit in Search & Discover, on Level 2 of the Australian Museum, there staff can answer questions you have and provide resources about the Museum’s collections.

More information can be found at the Crucifix Frog page.


Tags Crucifix, Frog, Notaden, Bennettii, Holy Cross, Catholic, Toad, Amphibia,

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bmacdunn - 3.06 PM, 19 June 2011
We are at Yowah, SW Queensland and are very excited because my husband and his friend found a Crucifix frog while digging in the opal field. After taking photo's the frog was released. Bmacdunn
Lynda Kelly - 12.02 PM, 22 February 2011

Very nice - thanks for posting Chris!

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