side stream near the hut
Sitting on kiekie on the roads edge.
Mummified frog discovered by a neighbour dried out on some clay. I believe it to be a Hochstetter's?! Not an Archey's as it has pronounced webbing on the hind feet.
Note: damage to it's right upper arm. Perhaps picked up by a bird (kingfisher?) and dropped to its death? Chewed on by a rat, but not palatable?! Love to hear some of your theories on how it may have died, and yet remained pretty much intact.
Another Hochstetter's Frog found further down the small stream. Same habitat as previous observation.
Found under large rock on edge of slow flowing gravelly stream. Stayed perfectly still to avoid detection. Enabled careful replacement of rock after photo shoot!
Juvenile Hochstetter's frog approximately 20 mm long found underneath large rock on gravel next to stream in mature bush. Satisfying to find a young frog but no others found within vicinity.
Three Hochstetter's found under a single large boulder in a slow flowing stream. Cool habitat with significant canopy cover. Very little movement of frogs. Picture not very clear but they are there!
Hochstetter's Frog found under small rock in slow flowing stream under forest canopy.
Hochstetter's frog (Leiopelma hochstetteri) is a primitive frog native to New Zealand, one of only four extant species belonging to the taxonomic family Leiopelmatidae. It is named after the German geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter.