The torrential rain in central Australia leads sheep and frogs to call

Updated on 22 January 2014, 16:21 AEST
Compiler: Li Weiguo Editor: Fang Teng

If you recently heard a strange cry like a sheep near Alice Springs in the central desert of Australia, please don't make a fuss. This is a small animal called a sheep frog "singing". The recent heavy rain prompted hundreds of sheep frogs to run out of their underground nests and began to call like sheep.

frog The torrential rains in central Australia led to countless sheep and frogs bleating (Credit: ABC)

Wildlife enthusiast and well-known bird caretaker Chris Watson provided a recording of this frog call, which was in his Emily crack near Alice Springs last weekend Frog sound recorded by Emily Gap. Chris and his two partners came across hundreds of these noisy amphibians in the sewage pipe last Saturday night. This is the first time he has seen such a large number of sheep frogs, they are pouring from the ground. Go to the ground and lay eggs.

Chris said that the first time he heard this sound was when he was working as a tour guide near Uluru. Whenever it rains, they start to scream, and I believed at the time that someone must have driven a flock of sheep to the local area.

Chris said that as a burrowing animal, it is usually difficult to see this kind of sheep frogs, and only after heavy rains do they appear on the ground to feed and lay eggs. However, this kind of sheep frog is easy to identify, and there is a clear stripe along their spine, especially at this time, it is not difficult to find. However, be more careful that the places where frogs are found are usually also places where pythons and other snakes may be found.