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The frog calling game

This fun activity gets students mimicking the distinctive sounds of different frog species in order to find their 'mate'.

Key messages

  • The diversity of frog species
  • How frogs communicate
  • How we study/identify frogs by their calls
  • Frog numbers are important river health indicators
  • Frogs we find in the Murray–Darling Basin
  • Endangered species

How it works

Download and print the cards below. Give each student a frog card (there are enough for 30 students); only they are allowed to look at their card. Instruct players to find their 'mate' by making the call described on their card. There might be an optional 2-minute time limit to get players motivated. The game ends when all frogs have partnered (or the time expires). For odd numbers, there will be one 'frog' without a match. Explain that they are an endangered species.

Featured frogs

Barking Marsh Frog

Southern Corroboree Frog

Crucifix Toad

Eastern Sign-Bearing Froglet

Giant Banjo Frog

Green and Golden Bell Frog

Peron's Tree Frog

Rocky River Frog

Short-Footed Frog

Sloan's Froglet

Spotted Grass Frog

Striped Burrowing Frog

Water-Holding Frog

Wide-Mouthed Frog

Related links

Frog & reptile poster

A double–sided, A1 size poster. One side shows a selection of frogs found in the Murray–Darling Basin, while the other side features reptiles (including snakes, lizards and turtles).

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