Neobatrachus sudelli
Painted Burrowing Frog, Common Spadefoot Toad
family: Myobatrachidae
subfamily: Limnodynastinae

© 2008 Kerry Kriger (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Australia


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From south-central Queensland throughout central New South Wales and into central Victoria. The extent of occurrence of the species is approximately 911900 km2

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
An inhabitant of dry regions. Found in woodlands, shrublands, mallee and open grassland and disturbed areas. Becomes active after rains and is buried in soft loam or clay soils much of the time. Breeds after heavy rain and flooding. Males call whilst floating in open, shallow and still water. Eggs are contained within long jelly strings and are wrapped around submerged vegetation in ponds, dams, ditches and flooded claypans. Tadpoles are aquatic and may take 4- 7 months to develop.

Trends and Threats
No known declines and extent of occurrence > 20,000km2.

None known.

Conservation Measures
None in place.


Barker, J., Grigg, G. C., and Tyler, M. J. (1995). A Field Guide to Australian Frogs. Surrey Beatty and Sons, New South Wales.

Cogger, H.G. (1992). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed Books, New South Wales.

Hero, J.-M., Littlejohn, M., and Marantelli, G. (1991). Frogwatch Field Guide to Victorian Frogs. Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria.

Written by J-M Hero et al. (m.hero AT, Griffith University
First submitted 2002-04-05
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-05-22)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Neobatrachus sudelli: Painted Burrowing Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 28, 2020.

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