Now every week I will give you an Enviro tip. This weeks tip is not to use Phosphate products. Some products that are phosphate free are Aware, Eco Choice, Orange Power Laundry Liquid, Omo, Surf, Drive and all ALDI, Coles and Woolworths detergents. It is great that some states in America have already banned Phosphate products (Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont & Washington)! Canada also has a ban of Phosphate products!
By doing this you will be helping many frogs including the rare Growling Grass Frog, also known as the Southern Bell Frog. It was once common in Melbourne but in recent years they have become quite rare! Their main threats are habitat destruction and water pollution (pulling out plants making the soil go into the river). It's population has dropped by half and is still plummeting to extinction! When it calls it will make long growling noises filled by short grunts. If you hear this frog croak an extra time it means it is likely breeding season. Females have been known to lay 4000 eggs! It is one of Australia's largest frogs. They will just sit and wait till prey passes them but this saves tones of energy. Southern Bell Frog feeds on insects (beetles, termites, cockroaches & moths) and younger frogs of their own kind! They can also been seen basking in the sun for days!
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