Native frog or exotic toad?
Exotic toads are often confused with native frog species and many people have difficulty telling them apart. Many of the cane toad reports Agriculture Victoria receives are actually the native Eastern banjo frog, also known as the pobblebonk (Limnodynastes dumerilii).
Before making a report of an exotic toad, use this information to check the features of the specimen you have sighted and compare the prominent identification characteristics that set native frogs apart from exotic toads.
If still in doubt, email photographs to Agriculture Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the customer service centre on 136 186, with details of the animal, and a member of staff will contact you.
Reports of exotic toads are critical to Agriculture Victoria's efforts to protect Victoria from the establishment of exotic toads.
All sightings of exotic toads must be reported to Agriculture Victoria immediately. Report now.
Exotic toad identification characteristics
Native frog identification characteristics
Spotted grass frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis)
The spotted grass frog is found all over Victoria. Its average adult length is 4-5cm. This frog is light brown to olive-green on the back with irregular darker spots and blotches. They usually have a pinkish, yellow or white stripe running down the middle of the back and a raised pale stripe from below the eye to the arm. Their belly is white and smooth.
Giant burrowing frog (Heleioporus australiacus)
The giant burrowing frog is found in south-eastern Victoria. Its average adult length is 9-10cm. This frog is usually grey, dark brown or black on its back and white on its belly. The sides of its body have scattered yellow spots and a stripe runs from under each through to each ear. The skin on their back is rough and warty.
Eastern smooth frog (Geocrinia victoriana)
The Eastern smooth frog is found in south-eastern Victoria. Its average adult length is 3-3.5cm. This frog is grey or brown on its back, often with a number of scattered black-edged red spots and dark markings. Its belly is white or light grey with brown or grey flecks.
Striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii)
The striped marsh frog is found in southern Victoria. Its average adult length is 6.5cm. This frog is light brown or grey-brown on its back with darker brown stripes. It has a pale stripe running down the middle of its back, and a pale rasied stripe running from below each eye to the arm. Its arms and legs are scattered with irregular, dark spots and bands and its belly is white.
Barking frog, long-thumbed frog (Limnodynastes fletcheri)
The barking frog is found in north-western Victoria. Its average adult length is 5cm. This frog is light green or brown on its back with darker blotches and spots. It often has a pink or purplish patch on the back of each upper eyelid. The skin on its back is smooth with low, round warts. Its belly is white and smooth.
Giant banjo frog (Limnodynastes interioris)
The giant banjo frog is found in north-western Victoria. Its average adult length is 9cm. This frog ranges in colour from pale yellow, fawn to red-brown on its back with a few small dark flecks and spots. It usually has a broad orange band down the sides of its body. Its belly is yellow with black flecks and its groin is marbled black and yellow. The skin on its back is smooth.