Fauna of Damper Creek
Damper Creek is of Regional Zoological Significance with 15 significant species either occurring or having at least a moderate likelihood of regular occurrence.
(*also the Superb Parrot sighted in 2000)
- 1 National significance - Southern Bell Frog
Source: City of Monash - Indigenous Reserves Corridors Conservation & Management Plan (Ecology Australia - October 2000)
- 1 State significance - Grey-headed Flying Fox
- 13 Regional Significance - Peregrine Falcon; Lathamís Snipe; White-throated Needletail; Fork-tailed Swift; Rose Robin; Pink Robin; Gang Gang Cockatoo; Jacky Winter, Sugar Glider; Water Rat; Striped Marsh Frog; Eastern Snake-necked Tortoise; Red-bellied Black Snake
- Species of Local Significance worth noting - Golden Whistler; Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike; Tawny Frogmouth; Verreaux's Tree Frog; Lowland Copperhead; Eastern Water Dragon; Blue Tongued Lizard; Cool Temperate Water Skink.
Bird Sightings (See also Current Events)
Pobblebonk (Eastern Banjo) Frog or Southern Bull Frog
- Buff Banded Rail - Nov 2012
- Rainbow Lorikeets
- Musk Lorikeets (seasonal)
- Crimson Rosellas
- Eastern Rosellas
- Red wing parrot (escapee?)
- Superb parrots (pair - escapees?)
- Cockatoos - Yellow tailed, black in 2009/10
- Gang Gang Cockatoos
- Fan-tailed Cuckoo (occasional)
- Tawny Frogmouths
- Powerful Owls
- Noisy Minahs
- Indian Minahs
- Little / Large Wattlebirds
- Pigeons / Doves
- Grey Fantails (occasional)
- Spotted Pardalotes (seasonal)
- Pink Breasted Robins (pair - occasional)
- Scrub Wrens
- Golden Whistler (female - occasional)
- Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike (occasional)
- Australasian Grebe (sighted once)
- White Ibis or Heron (sighted once)
- Blue Wrens (pair released - not sighted)
- Sacred Kingfishers (pair released - not sighted)
- Brown Goshawk (occasional)
- Black ducks
- Wood ducks
- Chestnut Teal Ducks (occasional)
- Eastern Spinebills
- Mistletoe bird (not sighted)
- Blue Tongue Lizards
- Stumpy Tailed Lizards
- Eastern Long Neck Turtles (released - 4 sighted)
- Copperhead Snakes
- Tiger Snake (possible sighting?)
- Native Water Rat (possible sighting?)
- Common Domestic Rats
- Sugar Gliders
- Brush Tail possums
- Ring Tail possums
- Chocolate Wattle Bat (recorded November 1999)
- Gould's Wattle Bat (Recorded November 1999)
- Small Forest Bats (Trapped November 1999)
- Fruit Bats (passing over)
- Eastern water dragons (2 released & sighted)
- Frogs (Banjo and possibly Growling and Swamp?)
- Foxes (occasionally sighted)
The Pobbleponk Frog population is also flourishing with frogs seen hopping across the track near the wetlands in the evenings in summer.
Latin Name - Limnodynastes dumerilii ("Dumeril's lord-of-the-marshes", after a French zoologist).
Class: Amphibia Order: Anura Family: Leptodactylidae.
Description: The back is dark brown with a pale centre stripe. The under surface is smooth and white with pale flecks. The Frog has a large gland on the back of the calf containing a creamy secretion, which is toxic to some potential enemies.
Length: (Adult) Male 55mm, Female 70mm.
Maximum tadpole length 60mm.
Habitat: Cool to warm temperate fresh water bodies with grassland, as found at Damper Creek.
Distribution: The Frog is known to inhabit nearly one million square kilometres from south eastern South Australia to Tasmania, Victoria and up the NSW east coast to Tweed Heads.
Breeding: The male mating call is a loud "bonk" every five seconds, which resembles the sound made from plucking a banjo. Spawn containing up to 3,900 pigmented eggs is laid in October or November in aquatic vegetation. The tadpoles are dark brown or black and the fins are dark grey. They complete their development in the summer or autumn.
For more information about the identification of frogs you can refer to an excellent web site run by the Victorian Frog Group - www.frogs.org.au
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See also Current Events for some current sightings.