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The Kroombit Tinker Frog (Taudactylus pleione) is listed as critically endangered and is currently known from only 12 small patches of rainforest totalling 596 hectares at Kroombit Tops National Park, located south-west of Gladstone in South East Queensland.
The 12 populations fall within an area of about 3000 hectares. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary staff have been ‘out in the field’ with Queensland Government representatives assessing habitat and locations for the Kroombit Tinker Frog. This is such an exciting project because eggs and tadpoles have never been recorded in this species.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was the first place in the world to breed a Taudactylus species in captivity. Important information was collected about the care and breeding of the Eungella Tinker Frog (Taudactylus liemi) which means we are well-placed to start recovering the critically endangered Kroombit Tinker Frog.
Tinker frogs got their name from their unique ‘tink, tink, tink’ sound. It sounds like two tiny pieces of metal being hit together.
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Tinker frogs are very shy; they live in wet rainforests and streams hiding under rocks and leaf litter.