A great egret looks for breakfast at Calamvale Creek

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Amphibians

Amphibians are vertebrate animals that belong to the class Amphibia.

A few species of amphibians spend all their time in water, but most live at least part of their lives on land. Most have an aquatic larval (tadpole) stage that metamorphoses into a land-dwelling animal.

There are about 2400 living species of amphibians, including frogs, toads, salamanders, sirens, and caecilians.

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Amphibians of Calamvale Creek

by Teddy the tadpole

We amphibians are the critters you are least likely to see around Calamvale Creek — especially in the daytime.

Some of us need water all the time, and the rest either need to be near water or at least live in dampish places so we don't dry out.

The amphibians you are most likely to find around the creek are cane toads. Even then it will almost certainly be at night.

There used to be a lot of frogs around here, but they either moved on or became breakfast for the egrets, herons, and a few other predators — including cane toads. Now frogs are rare around the creek.

Critters of Calamvale Creek

Amphibians of Calamvale Creek

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