Melbourne researchers find elusive giant burrowing frog tadpoles thanks to increased rain – video


A new tadpole breeding program for one of Victoria’s most elusive frog species will allow scientists to understand for the first time what makes the giant burrowing frog tick. Scientists from the Arthur Rylah Institute have been been searching for the giant burrowing frog for years. Thanks to higher than average rainfall across Victoria’s Gippsland, researchers from Melbourne Zoo have been able to locate and collect tadpoles. The species will be held and bred in captivity for the first time. Deon Gilbert, a threatened species biologist at Zoos Victoria, says it is very exciting to ‘work with an amphibian that we know nothing about’


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