Boroondara is home to many native reptiles and frogs. Learn how to identify and protect these species.

If you find an injured native animal, contact Wildlife Victoria: (03) 8400 7300 or Wildlife Victoria.


Eastern long-necked turtle

Scientific name: Chelodina longicollis

The eastern long-neck turtle:

  • has a 25cm long shell
  • varies in colour from light to dark brown to black.
This turtle is a protected species. In Boroondara, they are vulnerable. You must not take them from the wild.
Eastern Long-Necked Turtle

Eastern Long-Necked Turtle. Image by Ian Moodie.

You can find the turtle in:

Their neck is almost equal in length to their body. They move slowly and travel on land in the warmer months after rain. The turtle turns its head sideways and withdraws into its shell to avoid predators.

Eastern long-necked turtles are threatened by:

  • changes in water levels (for example, as a result of drought)
  • predators such as foxes, rakali (indigenous rodents) and ravens.

    Marbled gecko

    Scientific name: Christinus marmoratus

    The Marbled gecko is a small, soft-bellied lizard that grows up to 70mm long.

    They have large finger and toe pads, which spread out to grasp slippery or soft surfaces.

    You can find marbled geckos:

    • in woodpiles, fallen timber or logs during the day
    • around external lights, feeding on insects at night.

    They eat anything small enough to fit in their mouth.

    Marbled Gecko

    Marbled Gecko. Image by Ian Moodie.

    How to protect the marbled gecko

    The Marbled gecko is endangered in Boroondara and rare in Melbourne.

    To help protect them, you can:

    • avoid using chemical sprays and insecticides
    • keep cats in at night.

    Southern brown tree frog

    Scientific name: Litoria ewingii

    The Southern brown tree frog is a common species found in Boroondara.

    They are a small frog, growing to approximately 45mm long.

    They have been seen in Balwyn, Camberwell, East Kew and Kew.

    Southern Brown Tree Frog

    Southern Brown Tree Frog. Image by Ian Moodie.

    You can find the frog in:

    • flooded grasslands or marshes
    • trees, shrubs, and rock or log crevices
    • under pot plants and woodpiles
    • gardens in suburban Melbourne.

    They are agile climbers and jumpers and eat insects.

    The adults have pale fawn, cream, orange or light brown sides.

    The males make a 'creeee creee creee cree cree' call.

    Striped marsh frog

    Scientific name: Limnodynastes peronii

    Striped marsh frogs are a large species of frog and grow to a length of 75mm.

    They have:

    • distinctive, alternating light and dark stripes on their body
    • a pale, narrow stripe down the centre of their back.
    They are endangered in Boroondara.
    Striped Marsh Frog

    Striped Marsh Frog. Image by Ian Moodie.

    You can find striped marsh frogs in:

    • wetland reeds and rushes in rainforests
    • open woodlands
    • farmland
    • urban wetlands.
    • Glass Creek in Hays Paddock
    • Willsmere Billabong
    • Back Creek in Camberwell.

    They eat insects and smaller animals, including other frogs.

    This frog reproduces from August to March. The male frogs have a 'tock-' or 'poc'-like call.

    How to protect frogs

    These frogs are threatened by:

    • predators, like cats and foxes
    • pollution in waterways.

    You can help by:

    • keeping cats in at night
    • not polluting streets and waterways
    • adding a shallow pond with gently sloping banks to your garden
    • adding logs, rocks, leaf litter and shrubs to your garden for shade and protection
    • avoiding chemical sprays and insecticides
    • letting the frog move into your garden naturally.

    More information

    Watch our fantastic frogs webinar.

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