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Frogs at Simpsons Gap

West MacDonnell National Park

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Located in the West MacDonnell National Park, Simpsons Gap is one of the more well known gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges, being only 26 km west of Alice Springs.

As well as the Black-footed Wallaby, Simpsons Gap is renowned for the different species of frogs and number of frogs that can be seen. Under the right conditions, some nights you may be lucky to witness thousands of frogs. The gorge is home to hundreds of Centralian Green Frogs, both the green and brown variety, as well as the Desert Tree Frog, Main's Frog and the Spencer’s Burrowing Frog.

Recent rains saw more water appear in Simpsons Gap, and the ponds along the water course were soon teeming with aquatic life. Frogs quickly appeared, making their distinctive calls, mate and lay their eggs. Soon there are tadpoles everywhere, that feed, grow legs, reabsorb their tails, turning into frogs, and completing the cycle.

Tadpoles at Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia.

Tadpole with legs at Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia.

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