Fat Frog

A little species of frog with a body length of up to 3 cm. Its back is either light grey-brown, dark brown, or red-brown in color. If the back is light grey-brown, there are deeper brown patches and a narrow orange longitudinal line down the middle. The head and bottom half of the body’s sides are frequently gray, while the arms and legs occasionally feature horizontal bars. The area from the corner of the mouth to the arm may occasionally have a thin, pale pink, pale brown-yellow, or white stripe.


The belly is either grey-white or pale pink with white flecks. The throat of the male is gray. The backs of the thighs and the groin are a vivid crimson color. The iris is gold, and the pupil is horizontal. or gold-silver. Without discs, the fingers are unwebbed, and the toes are either half-webbed or unwebbed. Large and reddish-brown, orange, light orange-brown or pale yellow-brown in color are the parotoid glands. Uperoleia crassa was originally thought to be two species: Uperoleia crassa, which is only found in the Kimberleys, and Uperoleia inundate, which is found in the Top End and the western Kimberley. Uperoleia crassa, a single species, has been discovered, according to a recent study conducted under the direction of Australian Museum study Associate Dr. Renee Catullo. The distribution of Uperoleia crassa overlaps with that of the related Uperoleia Borealis, which is assumed to be the source of the discrepancies in the advertisement calls.

Fat Frog Photos

Breeding Biology

In temporary ponds, drainage channels, marshes, and creek pools, eggs are placed individually and fastened to plants below the water’s surface. Tadpoles are brown to gold-brown in color and can grow to a maximum length of 4 cm. They take around two months to transform into frogs and frequently stay at the bottom of water bodies. Breeds in the wet season during the summer.

Similar Species

The Uperoleia lithmoda, which has smaller glands and a different call, the Uperoleia Borealis, which is also smaller and has a different call, the Uperoleia arenicola, the Uperoleia minima, and the Uperoleia Micra, all of which have distinct calls, all show a striking resemblance in terms of distribution. It can be distinguished from Uperoleia daviesae most effectively by call or DNA.

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