herps from Wollongong, NSW. Part 2

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  1. moloch05

    moloch05 Well-Known Member

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    Here is the second post of herps that I have seen in the Wollongong area in the last 3 years.

    One of my favourites here is the Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko (Phyllurus platurus). These geckos seem to be active much of the year.

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    Adults can be hard to spot on the rocks, but juveniles are even more cryptic.
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    Eastern Small-eyed Snakes (Cryptophis nigrescens). I think that these are the most common snake in the hills near Wollongong.
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    ... preparing to shed:
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    Golden-crowned Snakes (Cacophis squamulosus) are probably the second most common snake in this area. Sometimes, I see them in my yard in the suburbs.
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    I see a few Marsh Snakes (Hemiaspis signata) every summer.
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    Red-bellied Black Snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus) and not scarce but they are shy and rarely hold still long enough for a photo.
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    ... this one was dead on the road.
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    Eastern Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus) seem to be scarce or I don't know where to look for them. I only see one or two of these snakes each year.
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    ... this one was still alive but had been fatally injured at Byarong Park.
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    ... a colourful juvenile:
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    I rarely see Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota).
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    There are a number of turtles in a swamp near Primbee. I assume that these must be Snake-necked Turtles (Chelodina longicollis) based on the range map in my herp book.
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    These Green and Golden Bell Frogs (Litoria aurea) lived in an industrial area. I helped out on a survey of these beautiful frogs one evening.
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    Litoria phyllachroa (or nudidigita, Henry?)
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    This annelid was on the trail during a summer thunderstorm. It was the biggest worm that I have ever seen and was more than two boots in length.
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    Spring flowers are great in the Wollongong area, particularly along the top of the escarpment. Peas are the most conspicuous family:
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    ... a flannel flower (Actinotus sp. )
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    ... everlastings
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    ... the stunning waratahs:
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    Regards,
    David
     
  2. W.T.BUY

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    great pics love the broad tailed geckos
     
  3. CassM

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    Absolutely love the Diamond pics!!!
     
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    Bloody nice diamond, love leaf-tails, i've never seen a Tiger snake around Wollongong.
     
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    Awsome shoots David. Gotta love the leaf tails.
     
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    Gorgeous piccies, thanks for sharing. Stunning flowers!
     
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    WOW, excellent pictures of awesome animals!!! :shock:

    Thank-you very much for sharing!!! :)
     
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    Gorgeous pics as usual David!
    Who said that diamonds around here were more black than Gosford area?? LOL
     
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    brilliant shots, that shot with the pythons mouth open is a stunner. all the platurus look like they have a lot of mites, what is the reason they have so many compared to other herps? I love crowned snakes, need to get a few pictures of them. if I ever come down to the gong I will definantl go out herping and see if i can find some of this awsome stuff
     
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    Hey! Nice photos! :)
     
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    around mt kembla there are tiger snakes, i have had to id some that turned up in a yard, and an upstairs room!

    and once upon a time there was a death adder in the dunes near the steel works....

    i miss golden crowned snakes, they used to come out on wet nights in summer when i lived in austinmer... they have such a great defensive display for such a little animal.

    great photos, and special commendation on the she oaks, i spent 8 years in the 'gong and never saw them.
     
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    Love the pictures!
     
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    Awesome pics !!! Thanks !!
     
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    Yes thanks for the pics.

    Cheers
     
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    awesome pictures
     
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    awsome :)
     
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    Awesome photos there. I think your phyllochroa looks like nudidigitus, they tend to have more gold in the stripe and it is much more extensive. Great to see L. aurea are still around in the Illawarra!
     
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    Love those Golden Crowned man!!
     
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    Awesome photo's.......very nice diamond.
    See any animals in your travels ????
     
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    Top pics David, one of your best threads yet...... I lived down the gong for a few years and never did any herping down that way :(
     
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