Australia Dec14 - Jan15

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Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Rémon ter Harmsel » Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:25 pm

In December and January I spent 5 weeks in Australia on holiday with my girlfriend. Though not really a 'tick-as-many-species-as-possible' holiday, I did manage to come up with a pretty decent list of herpspecies. We've spent about 2.5 weeks in Northern Territory, driving from Darwin to Uluru. From there we drove up north again (a little bit) to Alice Springs, from where we flew to Cairns on the Eastern coast. From Cairns we drove North to Cape Tribulation, then South following the coast untill Brisbane.

It took me a while to sort out all the pictures, but here are some (ok; quite a few). With daytime temperatures reaching over 40C in NT and around 30 on the coast, snake activity was very limited during the day. Nighttime however, proved to be quite productive. I'm not a big fan of unneccesary handling or overnight keeping, so most nighttime pictures are (very) short sessions with flashlight and/or cameraflash. Did have to move a number of snakes and other critters off the road at night to prevent them from being runover, which is a common sight :cry:.

Full species list (some only D.O.R unfortunately)

1 Loggerhead - Caretta caretta
2 Green Turtle - Chelonia mydas
3 Hawksbill Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata
4 Saw-shelled turtle - Elseya latisternum
5 Murray River Turtle - Emydura macquarii
6 Jacky Lashtail - Amphibolurus muricatus
7 Frilled Lizard - Chlamydosaurus kingii
8 Ring-tailed Bicycle-dragon - Ctenophorus caudicinctus
9 Military Sand-dragon - Ctenophorus isolepis
10 Central Netted Ground-dragon - Ctenophorus nuchalis
11 Northern Two-line Dragon - Diporiphora bilineata
12 Yellow-sided Two-line Dragon - Diporiphora magna
13 Boyd's Forest Dragon - Hypsilurus boydii
14 Australian water dragon - Intellagama lesueurii
15 Gilbert's Lashtail - Lophognathus gilberti
16 Long-snouted Lashtail - Lophognathus longirostris
17 Swamplands Lashtail - Lophognathus temporalis
18 Thorny Devil - Moloch horridus
19 Eastern Bearded Dragon - Pogona barbata
20 Centralian earless dragon - Tympanocryptis centralis
21 Burrow-plug Gecko - Diplodactylus conspicillatus
22 Top-end Dtella - Gehyra australis
23 Dubious Dtella - Gehyra dubia
24 Northern Spotted Rock Dtella - Gehyra nana
25 Arnhemland Watercourse Dtella - Gehyra pamela
26 Purplish Dtella - Gehyra purpurascens
27 Common House Gecko - Hemidactylus frenatus
28 Prickly Gecko - Heteronotia binoei
29 Mourning Gecko - Lepidodactylus lugubris
30 Southern Spotted Velvet Gecko - Oedura tryoni
31 Burton's Snake-lizard - Lialis burtonis
32 Western Scaly-foot - Pygopus nigriceps
33 Bauxite Rainbow-skink - Carlia amax
34 Slender Rainbow-skink - Carlia gracilis
35 Whitsunday rainbow-skink - Carlia inconnexa
36 Open-litter Rainbow-skink - Carlia pectoralis
37 Blue-throated Rainbow-skink - Carlia rhomboidalis
38 Black-throated Rainbow-skink - Carlia rostralis
39 Red-throated Rainbow-skink - Carlia rubrigularis
40 Red-sided Rainbow-skink - Carlia rufilatus
41 Robust Rainbow-skink - Carlia schmeltzii
42 Inland Snake-eyed Skink - Cryptoblepharus australis
43 Supralittoral Shinning-skink - Cryptoblepharus litoralis
44 Metallic Snake-eyed Skink - Cryptoblepharus metallicus
45 Elegant Snake-eyed Skink - Cryptoblepharus pulcher
46 Cream-striped Shinning-skink - Cryptoblepharus virgatus
47 Lively Ctenotus - Ctenotus alacer
48 Lowlands Plain-backed Ctenotus - Ctenotus essingtonii
49 Black-backed Yellow-lined Ctenotus - Ctenotus eutaenius
50 Leonhardi's Ctenotus - Ctenotus leonhardii
51 Robust Ctenotus - Ctenotus robustus
52 Major Skink - Egernia frerei
53 Lemon-barred Forest-skink - Eulamprus amplus
54 Stout Barsided Skink - Eulamprus sokosoma
55 Yellow-blotched Forest-skink - Eulamprus tigrinus
56 Orange-sided Bar-lipped Skink - Glaphyromorphus douglasi
57 Prickly Forest Skink - Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae
58 Saxicoline Sunskink - Lampropholis mirabilis
59 Centralian Ranges Rock-skink - Liopholis margaretae
60 Lined Firetail Skink - Morethia ruficauda
61 Short-limbed Snake-skink - Ophioscincus truncatus
62 Pale-lipped Shadeskink - Saproscincus basiliscus
63 Four-fingered Shadeskink - Saproscincus tetradactylus
64 Perentie - Varanus giganteus
65 Sand Monitor - Varanus gouldii
66 Mertens's Water Monitor - Varanus mertensi
67 Black-tailed Monitor - Varanus tristis
68 Lace Monitor - Varanus varius
69 Brown Cat Snake - Boiga irregularis
70 Green Tree Snake - Dendrelaphis punctulatus
71 Common Keelback - Tropidonophis mairii
72 Freshwater Crocodile - Crocodylus johnstoni
73 Saltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosus
74 Desert Death Adder - Acanthophis pyrrhus
75 Large-blotched Python - Antaresia stimsoni
76 Black-headed Python - Aspidites melanocephalus
77 Giant Frog - Cyclorana australis
78 Main's Frog - Cyclorana maini
79 Orange-naped Snake - Furina ornata
80 Brown Water Python - Liasis fuscus
81 Olive Python - Liasis olivaceus
82 Northern Dwarf Tree Frog - Litoria bicolor
83 Green Tree Frog - Litoria caerulea
84 Red-eyed Tree-frog - Litoria chloris
85 Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog - Litoria fallax
86 Centralian Tree Frog - Litoria gilleni
87 Dainty Green Tree Frog - Litoria gracilenta
88 Giant Treefrog - Litoria infrafrenata
89 Jungguy frog - Litoria jungguy
90 Rockhole Frog - Litoria meiriana
91 Javelin Frog - Litoria microbelos
92 Rocket Frog - Litoria nasuta
93 Common Mist Frog - Litoria rheocola
94 Roth's Tree Frog - Litoria rothii
95 Desert Tree Frog - Litoria rubella
96 Tornier's frog - Litoria tornieri
97 Wotjulum Frog - Litoria watjulumensis
98 Wilcox's frog - Litoria wilcoxii
99 Orange-thighed Frog - Litoria xanthomera
100 Australian scrub python - Morelia kinghorni
101 Carpet Python - Morelia spilota
102 Sudell's Frog - Neobatrachus sudelli
103 Desert Spadefoot Toad - Notaden nichollsi
104 Ornate Burrowing Frog - Platyplectrum ornatum
105 Spencer's burrowing frog - Platyplectrum spenceri
106 King Brown Snake - Pseudechis australis
107 Red-bellied Black Snake - Pseudechis porphyriacus
108 Cane Toad - Rhinella marina
109 Western Carpentaria Snake - Rhinoplocephalus pallidiceps
110 Slatey-grey Snake - Stegonotus cucullatus

Anyway, here goes, a smallish selection;

Antaresia stimsoni - Kings Canyon - IMGP3631 (Medium).jpg
Antaresia stimsoni


Antaresia stimsoni - Kings Canyon - IMGP3655 (Medium).jpg
Antaresia stimsoni


Antaresia stimsoni - West MacDonnell Ranges - IMGP2627 (Medium).jpg
Antaresia stimsoni


Aspidites melanocephalus - Litchfield NP - IMGP0885 (Medium).jpg
Aspidites melanocephalus


Boiga irregularis - Litchfield NP - IMGP0469 (Medium).jpg
Boiga irregularis


Boiga irregularis - Litchfield NP - IMGP0846 (Medium).jpg
Boiga irregularis


Caretta caretta - Mon Repos - IMGP6341 (Medium).JPG
Caretta caretta (laying eggs)


Carlia gracilis - Litchfield NP - IMGP0722 (Medium).jpg
Carlia gracilis


Carlia inconnexa - Whitsunday Island - IMGP5598 (Medium).jpg
Carlia inconnexa


Carlia rhomboidalis - Magnetic Island - IMGP5379 (Medium).jpg
Carlia rhomboidalis
Chlamydosaurus kingii - Kakadu NP - IMGP1896 (Medium).jpg
Chlamydosaurus kingii


Crocodylus porosus - Kakadu NP - IMGP1715 (Medium).jpg
Crocodylus porosus


Cryptoblepharus australis - Trephina Gorge - IMGP3989 (Medium).jpg
Cryptoblepharus australis


Cryptoblepharus virgatus - Daintree NP - IMGP4679 (Medium).jpg
Cryptoblepharus virgatus


Cryptophis pallidiceps - Nitmiluk - IMGP1986 (Medium).jpg
Cryptophis pallidiceps


Ctenophorus caudicinctus - Kings Canyon - IMGP3368 (Medium).jpg
Ctenophorus caudicinctus


Ctenophorus isolepis - Uluru - IMGP3829 (Medium).jpg
Ctenophorus isolepis


Ctenophorus nuchalis - Kings Canyon - IMGP3704 (Medium).jpg
Ctenophorus nuchalis


Ctenotus robustus - Tyto Wetlands - IMGP5272 (Medium).jpg
Ctenotus robustus


Cyclorana australis - Devils Marbles - IMGP2247 (Medium).jpg
Cyclorana australis


Cyclorana maini - Kings Canyon - IMGP3092 (Medium).jpg
Cyclorana maini


Diplodactylus conspicillatus - West MacDonnell Ranges - IMGP2590 (Medium).jpg
Diplodactylus conspicillatus


Diporiphora bilineata - Kakadu NP - IMGP1454 (Medium).jpg
Diporiphora bilineata


Diporiphora magma - Mary River NP - IMGP1156 (Medium).jpg
Diporiphora magma


Eulamprus amplus - Eungella NP - IMGP5710 (Medium).jpg
Eulamprus amplus


Furina ornata - richting Fogg Dam - IMGP1182 (Medium).jpg
Furina ornata


Gehyra nana - Kakadu NP - IMGP1500 (Medium).jpg
Gehyra nana


Gowidon longirostris - West MacDonnall Ranges - IMGP2353 (Medium).jpg
Gowidon longirostris


Gowidon temporalis - Fogg Dam - IMGP1026 (Medium).jpg
Gowidon temporalis


Hypsilurus boydii - Mossman Gorge - IMGP4782 (Medium).jpg
Hypsilurus boydii


Hypsilurus boydii - Mossman Gorge - IMGP4787 (Medium).jpg
Hypsiluris boydii


More to follow, resizing to forumsize and a small forum crash while making this post cost me quite some time :oops:
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Niklas Ban » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:54 pm

Antaresia stimsoni a dreamfind! I am looking forward for more!
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Peter Oefinger » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:59 pm

Amazing! Very nice species - can't wait to see more.
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Rémon ter Harmsel » Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:25 pm

Round 2:

Intellagama lesueurii - Brisbane - IMGP0241 (Medium).jpg
Intellagama lesueurii


Lampropholis mirabilis - Magnetic Island - IMGP5426 (Medium).jpg
Lampropholis mirabilis


Lialis burtonis - Litchfield NP - IMGP0918 (Medium).jpg
Lialis burtonis


Lialis burtonis - West MacDonnell Ranges - IMGP2527 (Medium).jpg
Lialis burtonis


Lialis burtonis - West MacDonnell Ranges - IMGP2543 (Medium).jpg
Lialis burtonis


Liasis fuscus - Nitmiluk - IMGP2020 (Medium).jpg
Liasis olivaceus


Liasis fuscus - Nitmiluk - IMGP2037 (Medium).jpg
Liasis olivaceus


Liopholis margaretae margaretae - Kings Canyon - IMGP3326 (Medium).jpg
Liopholis margaretae


Litoria bicolor - Kakadu NP - IMGP1955 (Medium).jpg
Litoria bicolor


Litoria caerulea - Litchfield NP - IMGP0940 (Medium).jpg
Litoria caerulea


Litoria chloris - Airlie Beach - IMGP5568 (Medium).jpg
Litoria chloris


Litoria fallax - Etty Bay - IMGP5241 (Medium).jpg
Litoria fallax


Litoria gracilenta - Etty Bay - IMGP5246 (Medium).jpg
Litoria gracilenta


Litoria gilleni - West MacDonnell Ranges - IMGP2395 (Medium).jpg
Litoria gilleni


Litoria infrafrenata - Etty Bay - IMGP5175 (Medium).jpg
Litoria infrafrenata


Litoria infrafrenata - Kingfisher Park - IMGP4193 (Medium).jpg
Litoria infrafrenata


Litoria jungguy - Cape Tribulation - IMGP4610 (Medium).jpg
Litoria jungguy


Litoria meiriana - Litchfield NP - IMGP0401 (Medium).jpg
Litoria meiriana


Litoria microbelos - Litchfield NP - IMGP0423 (Medium).jpg
Litoria microbelos


Litoria nasuta - Deepwater NP - IMGP6204 (Medium).JPG
Litoria nasuta


Litoria rothii - Mary River NP - IMGP1297 (Medium).jpg
Litoria rothii


Litoria rubella - Etty Bay - IMGP5252 (Medium).jpg
Litoria rubella


Litoria watjulumensis - Litchfield NP - IMGP0445 (Medium).jpg
Litoria watjulumensis (what's in a name)
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Bobby Bok » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:19 pm

Oh man, the Lialis is fantastic, stunning find! Also love the Antaresia and Aspidites...
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Mario Schweiger » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:39 am

I always though, Australia is the continent of Elapids :lol:
But anyway, very nice collection of amphibians and reptiles and many of them with scientific names, I never heared before ;)
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Maarten Gilbert » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:49 am

The rain brought out those frogs in decent numbers I see. Great sightings and impressive species list, gotta love Australia!
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Rémon ter Harmsel » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:31 pm

Thanks guys!

Mario: true, but for some reasons pythons were much easier to find, though only a fraction of the elapid species.
Bobby: the Lialis has a huge distribution range, covering almost the whole of Australia. Quite often found on roads at night, on the hunt for geckos. A lot of variation between different localities too, awesome animal!!

Will upload another batch soon.
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Andre Schmid » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:58 am

Nice, the croc looks impressive...

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My favorite photo, kind of photo art, really cool ! This guy looks like a photo model :) Thanks for sharing !
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Re: Australia Dec14 - Jan15

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:37 am

Nice stuff.
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