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Eastern water-holding frog
Cyclorana platycephala.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Phyllochroa distib.PNG
  • Chiroleptes platycephalus (Günther, 1863)
  • Phractops platycephalus (Nieden, 1923)
  • Cyclorana platycephalus (Parker, 1940)
  • Cyclorana slevini (Loveridge, 1950)
  • Neophractops platycephalus (Wells and Wellington, 1985)
  • Neophractops slevini (Wells and Wellington, 1985)
  • Dryopsophus platycephala (Wells and Wellington, 1985)
  • Cyclorana platycephala (Duellman, 1985)
  • Litoria (Cyclorana) platycephala (Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006)
  • Dryopsophus platycephala (Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016)
  • Ranoidea platycephala (Dubois and Frétey, 2016)

The eastern water-holding frog, flat-headed frog, common water-holding frog or water-holding frog (Ranoidea platycephala) is a frog from Australia. It lives in the dry middle of the country in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

The adult frog is from 6.0 to 9.0 cm long. It is dark in color or mottled green. This frog lives in many kinds of land, for example grasslands, temporary wetlands, and Australian wetlands called billabongs. When the weather is dry, this frog digs a burrow in the ground and saves water. It lays eggs, 500 at a time, when the ground floods and makes temporary pools.

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