Herping around Vic

Discussion in 'Field Herping and Reptile Studies' started by cheekabee, Oct 11, 2014.

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  1. cheekabee

    cheekabee Well-Known Member

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    Haven't posted for a while here but here are some recent reptiles and amphibians I have found back from autumn to now

    These southern toadlets were found back in autumn and showed quite a bit of variation in color and pattern. Southern toadlets don't spawn in water instead lay their eggs in nests which they guard until the floods arrive that allow the eggs hatch. Unfortunately these guys are endangered and are in decline.

    [​IMG]Southern Toadlet by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Southern Toadlet (Pseudophryne semimarmorata) by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    Some other frogs that are still plentiful around Melbourne are Common froglets, southern brown tree frogs and Spotted Marsh frogs. These guys also show a ton of variation in colour and pattern.

    [​IMG]Common froglet by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Southern Brown tree Frog by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5730 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    A day trip to two spots in central vic reveled quite a diversity of reptiles and amphibians the highlight being a pink tailed worm lizard which are a threatened species so was very glad to see these guys.

    [​IMG]Pink-tailed Worm Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Pink-tailed Worm Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_6007 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_6020 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Peron's tree frog by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    At a different spot I found some cool geckos and skinks.

    [​IMG]IMG_6055 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Marbled gecko by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]morethia boulengeri by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    Another short day trip to the balslat pains surprisingly reveled a nearly all the reptiles that naturally occur in the area the highlight being two endangered delma impar one being a juvenile which are rare to encounter

    [​IMG]IMG_5869 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5856 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5881 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5892 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5894 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    On the other side of Melbourne white lip snakes and blotched blue tounges are common unfortunately I missed a Stunning Swamp skink that was under a log.

    [​IMG]IMG_6392 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Untitled by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_6378 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_6373 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    Here are some other random pics from around Melbourne

    [​IMG]Eulamprus tympanum by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_62419 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Swamp Wallaby by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_5718 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]IMG_0450 by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    Although foxes kill a large amount of native animals around Australia it was sad to see this pinioned one

    [​IMG]Poisoned Feral Fox by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    Finally the highlight of this year so far is two Aprasia striolata! which were were found on the extreme eastern edge of their distribution.

    [​IMG]aprasia striolata by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]aprasia striolata by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr
    [​IMG]aprasia striolata by Akash Samuel Melbourne, on Flickr

    Hope you enjoy
     
  2. Dragon_77

    Dragon_77 Guest

    Awesome photos thanks for sharing your photos on APS Reptile forum
     
  3. NickGeee

    NickGeee Subscriber Subscriber

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    Awesome photos Akash! That wallaby looks creepy as haha.
    Aprasia and delma photos are awesome, I would imagine the pain to get them posing right.
     
  4. BigWillieStyles

    BigWillieStyles Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic photos. Do you use a tripod for these shots?

    I did my honours research thesis on the autecology of Apraisa parapuchella.

    Any sightings of species of significance should really be registered with one of the atlases. NatureShare is a good free alternative. Kept in isolation, these sightings are as good as invisible to people working on protecting these species.
     
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  5. Channaz

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    Superb pictures! :)
     
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    some great pics there mate
     
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    GeckPhotographer Very Well-Known Member

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    Nice shots mate! Keep up the good herping.
     
  8. solar 17

    solar 17 Guest

    "GREAT" pics ...but on the foxes, l wouldn,t wish cruelty on any animal but having seen them eat the stomachs out of "very young" lambs l have lost my love for them...but once again "great pics" ~B~
     
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