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Rare frogs hop to it after floods

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A Booroolong frog at Taronga Zoo.

A Booroolong frog at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Tamara Dean

A rare frog species has leapt back from the brink after floods threatened their habitat.

The Booroolong Frog population, listed as a threatened species in Victoria, was feared lost following flooding in the state in March 2011.

But a recent survey of the species' main breeding sites in the Upper Murray region of the state's northeast has found just the opposite.

The rocky cobble deposited along the stream edges during the floods has proven ideal breeding ground for the hardy frogs.

Far from decimating an already drought-ravaged species, Department of Sustainability and Environment senior biodiversity officer Glen Johnson said floodwaters have rejuvenated the Booroolong population.

"It was an obvious pain in the neck for farmers at the time (but) there has been a silver lining to that dramatic flooding event," he said.

"They've bounced back including into sites they had disappeared from during the drought."

AAP

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