Baw Baw frog



Philoria frosti


Death from the disease chytridiomycosis caused by the chytrid fungus

Baw Baw Frogs can only be found in Melbourne, Australia. Their bodies can easily adapt to the extremely cold climate of the Baw Baw Plateau, an unusual characteristic for amphibians.

Its main diet consists of small vertebrates, particularly earthworms. Its breeding season is between the months of September and December, laying as many as 180 eggs in the natural cavities within the wet heathland’s soil, logs, and vegetation.

Baw Baw Frogs suffered a decline in population due to Chytridiomycosis caused by chytrid fungus – a common fatal disease among amphibians living in a non-predatory ecosystem with no other plausible explanation for their decline in number.