Bullfrogs, Pobblebonks and Banjo frogs are all common aliases of this impressively sized local. Known officially as Limnodynastes interioris this titanic amphibian is one of our local favourites. Often heard more than seen. This local frog gets one of its names – “Pobblebonk” – from its call, which sounds like a loud and singular: BONK! They will generally do this call during their mating season during the spring months in places where water is also available.
These great goliaths are also expert survivalists and will survive long periods of dryness by tunnelling underground where they wait until rain comes when they will emerge to feed. Making the best time to spot them is during or after a rain event at night. Because like many frogs: they are nocturnal to avoid predators and to avoid the moisture loss incurred by our hot summer sun.
They can be generally found along the Murray River and Central NSW. They can be found near bodies of water during breeding season unsurprisingly. However, they also travel and can find themselves in peoples backyards; seemingly nowhere near water. Not to worry though! They are likely looking for food and will often tunnel their way into garden beds. Do not worry though! They won’t harm your plants, in fact they will happily go after many insects, spiders and other garden variety pests!
If you are interested in encouraging these subterranean survivors to keep coming back to your yard after breeding season. I would recommend: keeping your garden complex with many insect-attracting-plants, maintain garden beds with rich soil that they can burrow into, minimise chemical use in the garden as they are vulnerable to many pesticides and herbicides. And finally, be careful when digging up garden beds as they may be sleeping in the soil.