The motorbike frog is a frog well known in South West Australia. Its common name comes from the male frog's mating call, which sounds similar to a motorbike changing up through gears.
Like most frogs, they are active during the evening when hunting for food such as crickets, snails, moths and other small invertebrates.
During the day they rely on their ability to blend in with the environment. Frogs love to rest on broad leafed plants or in the grass trees. The frog pictured above is just resting on the lattice work at HideAway Haven.
Motorbike Frogs live mainly on the ground, but can also climb up low tree branches or shrubs, amongst rocks or even up brick walls and windows to a height of 2 m! These adventurous frogs love to eat other smaller frogs and insects, so they are good to have in the garden to keep the bug numbers in check.
When emerging from the darker pond environment they are brown and when on a lighter coloured surface, a beige colour. Frogs can change colour to match their surroundings within a few minutes.
These frogs are large, growing up to 10 cm, with long back legs. After sun baking they can be green with gold mottling, or in colder conditions they can be dark brown or olive coloured. Their bellies are pale green to light brown.
The fingers of the Motorbike Frog don’t have webbing, but their toes do. They also have prominent toe discs.
Our motor bike frogs love getting under the Jacuzzi covers into the warm steam from the OZONE water. We now put lemons into the small space they use and that is keeping them out.