As frogs go, many Australian Frogs are less colourful than some in other parts of the world. However, they are just as crucial to the ecosystem. They are an essential part of the food chain as predators and food supplies for other animals, particularly reptiles.
Water bodies such as lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands provide habitat. As such, they are excellent indicators of water quality. A decline in numbers is one of the first signs that an environment is less than healthy.
Australia is home to 240 species of frogs, the only amphibians in Australia. Sadly, numbers are declining at an alarming rate due to habitat loss, pollution and other factors. In addition, a deadly disease, Chytridiomycosis, caused by two forms of Chytrid fungus, is having a devastating impact on frog populations.