Rainfall is a rare occurrence in Central Australia compared to other parts of
the continent, yet when it does rain and depending on the
amount of rainfall, former dry channels, sandy riverbeds and claypans fill with
water. Such bodies of water is ephemeral, and many creatures have evolved to
cope with how quickly the water evaporates. Many frog species can mate, lay
eggs, with the resultant tadpoles growing to maturity as young frogs within 14
days. Another creature with a similar lifespan is the Shield Shrimp, the eggs
being able to survive dry drought conditions for many years.
some images of the this unique creature.