Caught and Coloured: Zoology Illustrations from Colonial Victoria


McCoy on Pobblebonk habits, Prodromus

The oddest characteristic of this species is its habitually burying itself seven or eight inches under the surface of the light sandy soil of Brighton and other similar localities in the south coast, where it may be dug out any day in considerable numbers; only coming out by night to feed on the large nocturnal spiders which abound on the surface at the same time.

These localities, in which the Sand-frog most abounds, are entirely waterless, and the habit of burying itself in the sandy ground by day keeps it from the scorching rays of the sun, while the habit of coming to the surface and running over the ground by night introduces it to the snakes, which in such arid plains one would expect to have little chance of meeting batrachian food, of which it is evident they are very fond, from the abundance of the remains found on opening them.

A similar habit of covering itself by day in light soil, it will be remembered, Mr. Darwin observed in some of the South American Frogs; although my first statement of its being observable in Australia in this species has been contradicted by a writer in Sydney, who does not seem to have met the creature, which may be turned up with the spade, however, in any of the gardens of the locality I mentioned.

- Frederick McCoy

Pobblebonk, Limnodynastes dumerilli, by Arthur Bartholomew.