in the cool of the underground Moaning Frog

Noongar word - Warrkaly (frog)

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Good water quality is vital for the survival of Rottnest's frog populations which are genetically distinct from mainland populations. The brackish wetlands on Rottnest (swamps and seeps) provide very important breeding sites and habitat for frogs.

During the breeding season (April to June), Moaning Frogs are found in the Island’s swampy areas and wetlands with sandy soil. During the hottest part of the year, these frogs bury themselves in moist sand and aestivate (become dormant) until the temperatures cool.

Where you can find a Moaning Frog

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern under IUCN (2016), all Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest’s wetlands healthy

  • Do use water wisely on Rottnest
  • Do Not disturb the wetland environment
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided