Gecko’s are some of my favourite reptiles to find while out herping, partly because every species seem to have their own beautiful and unique eye colouration. Here’s a couple of the incredible species we have out in the Mid West of Western Australia. Diplodactylus pulcher Strophurus strophurus Rhynchoedura ornata Heteronotia binoei Gehyra variegata
Lozenge marked dragons (Ctenophorus scutulatus) are a common species in Mid West Western Australia. This Juvenile was found making the most of the last few days of summer earlier this year. Juveniles often have very vibrant and distinctive patterning.
I am very excited to have had one of my photographs featured on Australian Geographic’s Instagram page! If you’d like to stay updated on my photography, you can find me on Instagram here. View this post on Instagram Froggy Friday!!!! This pic of a motorbike frog (Litoria moorei) was captured by Sophie Cross @squamataout. ThisContinue reading “Featured on Australian Geographic!”
Recently I was contacted for a radio interview with ABC North West to talk about my PhD work with Varanids. While a nerve wracking experience (my first interview- probably evident to listeners!), it was an exciting opportunity to talk about my work, and some of the problems facing conservation of our incredible native wildlife. ScienceContinue reading “Media Release”
Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) Crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)
Two common species of varanids within Western Australia are Varanus gouldii, and Varanus panoptes. These two species are often confused. While having similar appearances, V. panoptes tend to grow larger and stockier than V. gouldii, and vary slightly in patterning. V. gouldii appear to have a more uniformly patterned body than V. panoptes, which typicallyContinue reading “Australian Varanids”
Diplodactylus pulcher (with a very apt common name of the Pretty Gecko, or Fine Faced Gecko) are a relatively widespread and common species. D. pulcher has a wide variation in patterning, and can be difficult to differentiate from other species of the Diplodactylus genus, such as D. granariensis. This strikingly marked individual was found in MidContinue reading “Diplodactylus pulcher”
Perentie’s (Varanus giganteus) are Australia’s largest lizard, growing up to around 2.5m long. Pictured is a juvenile perentie found in Rothsay, WA (close to the southern most end of their distribution).
Varying colour morphs of Litoria moorei.
Western netted dragon’s are found throughout most of arid/semi arid Western Australia, and parts of South Australia. This species typically lives in woody hollows, rock crevices, or shallow burrows, often in and around acacia shrublands. Ctenophorus reticulatus