'Banana box' frogs
'Banana box' frogs are displaced frogs that have been inadvertently moved from their normal habitat, usually in containers of fresh produce or landscape supplies. They may include the poisonous cane toad, an introduced pest.
As displaced frogs pose a serious risk of spreading disease to local native species, they must be treated as if they are carrying an infectious disease and must never be released into the wild unless special approval is given. Contact your local wildlife carer organisation or the Frog Rescue Service of the Frog and Tadpole Study (FATS) Group if you find a displaced frog. Carer groups should keep the frogs in quarantine and, after establishing they are not infected with disease, place them with licensed frog keepers.
Native frogs that you find in the wild, including in your garden, are not displaced frogs and should be left where they are.
Page last updated: 15 April 2011