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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 Range, being only 26 km west of Alice Springs.

During periods of rainfall in the region, many of the gorges, waterways and dry riverbeds fill with water. If enough rain falls, creating pools of water, nature takes its course and life appears as if from nowhere.

Among the number of frogs species found at Simpsons Gap is the Main’s Frog, also known as the Sheep Frog, due to the frog calls sounding like bleating sheep.

Main’s Frog - Cyclorana maini
A stout small water-holding frog has adapted to desert conditions. Usually found in temporary pools in watercourses, claypans and other short-lived bodies of water. One of the burrowing frogs, it survives the dry periods by absorbing water into its body, burrowing deep underground, and encasing itself in a watertight bag (cocoon), awaiting the next major rain fall. Its skin may vary from pale grey-brown, olive-brown, dull green on its back, with darker patches. The back is smooth or slightly rough or warty in appearance. Look for the distinct pale stripe that runs along the spine. There is often a dark lateral head stripe. The male frogs breeding call sounds like the bleating of sheep, hence its other more common name of ‘Sheep Frog’.

Main’s Frog (Cyclorana maini) at Simpsons Gap, NT, Australia.

Main’s Frog (Cyclorana maini) at Simpsons Gap, NT, Australia.

Main’s Frog (Cyclorana maini) at Simpsons Gap, NT, Australia.

Main’s Frog (Cyclorana maini) at Simpsons Gap, NT, Australia.

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