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.
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).
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
The bulk of fieldwork is starting to wrap up for the year, so figured it was about time to update the website with some cool reptile finds! So far the list of herp species observations for this season stands at 11, 7 of those being new species for me (some pictured below).
Recently I managed to take a trip up to Charles Darwin Reserve, WA. CDR is a beautiful reserve, and boasts an impressive animal species list. Unfortunately timing for weather wasn’t the best, so not many herps around, just this lizard person and a few gecko species.
Recently I received my approval of PhD candidacy at Curtin University. My project, scholarship funded by the Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR), will be looking at the behavioural responses of varanids (goannas/monitor lizards, pictured below) to mine site restoration. Watch this space for fieldwork updates! For more information about CMSR, and the other studentContinue reading “Centre For Mine Site Restoration”