Brigalow Belt pics

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  1. smacdonald

    smacdonald Well-Known Member

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    This year I've been out to the southern brigalow belt twice. Once to look for pale-headed snakes (which slacker has already mentioned), and another time to look for yakka skinks. Both trips were successful. My yakka skink trip took place over the long weekend, and I saw three new species (new to me, not new to science) so it was highly successful.

    Here are some pics, with not much commentary (I'm just wasting a few minutes while I wait for a camera battery to charge).



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Pale-headed snake (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus)



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    Eastern bearded dragon (Pogona barbata)



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    Lace monitor (Varanus varius) - Bell's form



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    Lerista rhodonoides



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    Robust velvet gecko (Oedura robusta)



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    Moretha boulengeri male showing throat in breeding colour



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    Moretha boulengeri male showing throat in breeding colour



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    Cyclorana verrucosa



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    Eastern snapping frog (Cyclorana novaehollandiae)



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    Spotted marsh frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis)



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    Road-killed grey snake (Hemiaspis damelli). She was gravid with about 10 near-term babies. They're all in the Queensland Museum now.



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    Road-killed grey snake (Hemiaspis damelli). She was gravid with about 10 near-term babies. They're all in the Queensland Museum now.



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    Road-killed grey snake (Hemiaspis damelli). She was gravid with about 10 near-term babies. They're all in the Queensland Museum now.










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    Brigalow scrub



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    Brigalow scrub



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    Country road



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    Yakka skink (Egernia rugosa)



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    Red-naped snake (Furina diadema)



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    Broad-banded sand-swimmer (Eremiascincus richardsonii)



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    Broad-banded sand-swimmer (Eremiascincus richardsonii)



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    Broad-banded sand-swimmer (Eremiascincus richardsonii)



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    Broad-banded sand-swimmer (Eremiascincus richardsonii)



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    Broad-banded sand-swimmer (Eremiascincus richardsonii)



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    Dunmall's snake (Furina dunmalli). The highlight of the trip! These snakes are quite rare, and people wait their whole lives to see one. It's a shame they're so damn ugly.


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    Dwyer's snake (Parasuta dwyeri)



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    Dwyer's snake (Parasuta dwyeri)



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    Burns' lashtail dragon (Amphibolurus burnsi)



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    Burns' lashtail dragon (Amphibolurus burnsi)



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    Spotted black snake (Pseudechis guttatus)



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    Spotted black snake (Pseudechis guttatus)



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    Spotted black snake (Pseudechis guttatus)



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    Eastern spiny-tailed gecko (Strophurus williamsi)



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    Holy Cross frog (Notaden bennetti)



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    Holy Cross frog (Notaden bennetti)



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    Sand goanna (Varanus gouldii gouldii)



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    Eastern blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides)



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    De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi)



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    De Vis' banded snake (Denisonia devisi)
     
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    A REALLY incredible series of photographs! Superb! ;)
     
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    wow thats heaps of herps you saw.
     
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    wow! nice photos.. that holy cross frog is soo fat :D lol
     
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    Wow, what an awesome plethora of pics from a truly great destination to explore, thanks so much for sharing!
     
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    great pics as usual. i love the look in the de vis' bandeds, would love to get some one day for a play. They look so alert and on the edge, paranoid sort of. The pale headed is also very cute as is the yakka skink, the burns lashtail dragons look very similar to jacky/tree dragons, are they roughly the same size?

    Thanks again for the pics
     
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    great pics, it amazes me how many species you guys see when you go herping, how long does it take to get all those pics?
     
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    Great pics, thanks for sharing
    Cheers
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    Thanks for all the kinds words, everyone.

    Yep, about the same size. The one pictured above was a subadult.

    I spent two nights and two days out there. How long I spend photographing an individual animal depends on how long the animal will stay still for. if it bolts, there's not much I can do about it.


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    welcome to the dunmalli club :) Great photos
     
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    Your recent find spurred me on! I wasn't leaving that area without finding one!


    Stewart
     
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    Great photos :) I had never heard of the name "Eastern Snapping Frog" i will use that from now on.
     
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    great shots and looks like you had a great trip.
     
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    Mad pics thanks for posting,...
     
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    Love the eastern spiny tail gecko and the holy cross frog!

    Great photography... :D
     
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    Eastern bearded dragon (Pogona barbata)

    someone stole my beardie. dead set that looks exactly the same as mine. same size same patter and exact same colour. everything is the same as mine.:shock:btw this is a quote of the original poster
     
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    sweet pictures!!! Love the snakes!!!
     
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    nice stewart, not many geckos about?
     
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    Hi Ryan,

    I only posted a few of the pics I took. On these two trips we saw:

    Robust velvet gecko (Oedura robusta)
    Gehyra sp.
    Heteronotia binoei
    Lucasium stenodactylum
    Strophurus williamsi


    Stewart
     
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    ryanharvey1993 Suspended Banned

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    oh ok, you see 2 types of dtella or just one, we actually bothered to ID the ones we found at warrumbungles, before then we always guessed by the pattern, is there a simpler way of ID them then looking at the toes, it gets annoying as some of the dtellas are small and they are very fast. have you got any more trips planned that we can look foward to?
     
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