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Booroolong Frog - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Litoria booroolongensis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 13 Mar 1998
Profile last updated: 08 Dec 2015


The Booroolong Frog is a medium sized tree frog, with adults growing to about 5 cm. Their body-colour may be grey, olive or brown with indistinct black markings. The abdomen is white. The skin usually has a slightly warty appearance. The fingers and toes have well developed discs, and the toes are strongly webbed. The call is a soft, purring ‘craww craww craww’.


The Booroolong Frog is restricted to NSW and north-eastern Victoria, predominantly along the western-flowing streams of the Great Dividing Range. It has disappeared from much of the Northern Tablelands, however several populations have recently been recorded in the Namoi catchment. The species is rare throughout most of the remainder of its range.

Habitat and ecology

  • Live along permanent streams with some fringing vegetation cover such as ferns, sedges or grasses.
  • Adults occur on or near cobble banks and other rock structures within stream margins.
  • Shelter under rocks or amongst vegetation near the ground on the stream edge.
  • Sometimes bask in the sun on exposed rocks near flowing water during summer.
  • Breeding occurs in spring and early summer and tadpoles metamorphose in late summer to early autumn.
  • Eggs are laid in submerged rock crevices and tadpoles grow in slow-flowing connected or isolated pools.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Border Rivers-GwydirGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Known None
Border Rivers-GwydirMoredun Volcanics Known None
Border Rivers-GwydirSevern River Volcanics Known None
Border Rivers-GwydirYarrowyck-Kentucky Downs Known None
Central WestBathurst Known None
Central WestCapertee Predicted None
Central WestHill End Known None
Central WestOberon Known None
Central WestUpper Slopes Known None
Central WestWollemi Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanBathurst Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanBungonia Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanBurragorang (Part A) Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanBurragorang (Part B) Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanCapertee (Part A) Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanCapertee (Part B) Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanKanangra Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanOberon Predicted None
Hawkesbury-NepeanWollemi Known None
Hawkesbury-NepeanYengo Predicted None
Hunter-Central RiversBarrington Known None
Hunter-Central RiversComboyne Plateau Known None
Hunter-Central RiversKaruah Manning Known None
Hunter-Central RiversMummel Escarpment Known None
Hunter-Central RiversTomalla Known None
LachlanCrookwell Known None
LachlanOberon Known None
LachlanOrange Known None
LachlanUpper Slopes Known None
MurrayBondo Known None
MurrayUpper Slopes Known None
MurrumbidgeeBondo Known None
MurrumbidgeeBondo Predicted None
MurrumbidgeeMurrumbateman Known None
MurrumbidgeeUpper Slopes Known None
NamoiEastern Nandewars Known None
NamoiKaputar Known None
NamoiPeel Known None
NamoiWalcha Plateau Known None
Northern RiversCarrai Plateau Predicted None
Northern RiversChaelundi Predicted None
Northern RiversClarence Sandstones Predicted None
Northern RiversCoffs Coast & Escarpment Predicted None
Northern RiversDalmorton Predicted None
Northern RiversEbor Basalts Predicted None
Northern RiversGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts (Part A) Predicted None
Northern RiversGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts (Part B) Predicted None
Northern RiversGuy Fawkes Predicted None
Northern RiversMacleay Hastings Predicted None
Northern RiversNightcap Predicted None
Northern RiversStanthorpe Plateau Predicted None
Northern RiversUpper Manning Predicted None
Northern RiversWongwibinda Plateau Predicted None