Nature conservation

Threatened species

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: 01 Dec 2017


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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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarKaputar Known None
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Predicted None
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Predicted None
New England TablelandsNightcap Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Predicted None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsYarrowyck-Kentucky Downs Known None
NSW North CoastBarrington Predicted None
NSW North CoastCarrai Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastChaelundi Predicted None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Predicted None
NSW North CoastGuy Fawkes Predicted None
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Predicted None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastTomalla Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None
NSW South Western SlopesCapertee Valley Predicted None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
Other StateVIC Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBathurst Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBondo Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBungonia Known None
South Eastern HighlandsCapertee Uplands Predicted None
South Eastern HighlandsCrookwell Known None
South Eastern HighlandsHill End Known None
South Eastern HighlandsKanangra Known None
South Eastern HighlandsMurrumbateman Known None
South Eastern HighlandsOberon Known None
South Eastern HighlandsOrange Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Predicted None
Sydney BasinBurragorang Predicted None
Sydney BasinWollemi Predicted None
Sydney BasinYengo Predicted None