Lamington Plateau

Discussion in 'Field Herping and Reptile Studies' started by smacdonald, Feb 21, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. smacdonald

    smacdonald Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Messages:
    694
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Copied from my blog.

    The other weekend I went up to the Lamington Plateau with a friend of mine. We were hoping to find a bunch of Coeranoscincus reticulatus (after my extraordinary luck with them last time). Sadly, no coeranoscincids were to be found. But we did see a bunch of other stuff.


    [​IMG]
    Saproscincus rosei



    [​IMG]
    Saproscincus rosei

    We walked down to a creek/waterfall. We found a feisty Lamington spiny cray (Euastacus sulcatus) moving from a small pool to the main creek.


    [​IMG]
    Lamington spiny cray (Euastacus sulcatus). We found her as she was moving from this small pool of water to the main creek.



    [​IMG]
    Close up of her head. That's a Temnocephalan on her carapace.



    [​IMG]
    She maintained this threat display the entire way...



    [​IMG]
    ...as she slowly backed towards the creek...



    [​IMG]
    ...over some rocks...



    [​IMG]
    ...and to the safety of the water.



    [​IMG]
    Eulamprus murrayi

    We hung around at the creek until the Sun started to go down. This seems to be the best time to find Coeranoscincus. We then started walking back up the path, but failed to find any of our target skinks. In fact, we failed to find pretty much anything, until we came across a golden-crowned snake (Cacophis squamulosus) sitting on the path.


    [​IMG]
    Golden-crowned snake (Cacophis squamulosus)

    We made it back to the car, cooked some food, then started driving back home. Along the way we found a Stephens' banded snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii), my first for the Lamington Region. We followed him as he moved off the road and into a tree.


    [​IMG]
    Stephens' banded snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii)



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]
    He started to gape at us, so we took the hint and left him alone. In this pic you can see the small fangs at the front of his mouth.



    [​IMG]
    An angry Stephens' banded snake (Hoplocephalus stephensii).

    We left the snake alone, and continued on to some large trees either side of the road. This looked like great habitat for southern leaf-tailed geckos (Saltuarius swaini), so we got out to have a poke around. We soon found one. I also got up close and personal with another rainforest inhabitant.


    [​IMG]
    Southern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius swaini)



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]
    Southern leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius swaini)



    [​IMG]
    Stinging tree. They don't sting, they friggin' KILL! I was looking for geckos on the large tree in the background. I noticed the stinging tree when I walked up to the tree, but I evidently have the memory of a goldfish because I walked straight into the stinger when I walked away. The guy I was with thought it was very amusing. After about 15 minutes of me hobbling around and muttering obsenities under my breath, the pain started to subside. Apparently I was let off quite easily, because the stings can be quite serious.

    As we continued down the mountain, we stopped at some ponds. We heard Litoria revelata calling, but failed to see any of them. Back on the road we found another golden-crowned snake and an eastern small-eyed snake (Cryptophis nigrescens).
     
  2. m.punja

    m.punja Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,960
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vic
    Fantastic pics as usual, again thanks for sharing.
     
  3. kupper

    kupper Suspended Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,978
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    melbourne
    are the bandys and golden crowns vens? awesome photos of the swaini
     
  4. seumas12345

    seumas12345 Subscriber Subscriber

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2008
    Messages:
    844
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Darwin
    What flash system are you using with your camera?
     
  5. smacdonald

    smacdonald Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Messages:
    694
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Yep, they're both elapids.


    Stewart
     
  6. waruikazi

    waruikazi Legendary

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Messages:
    10,114
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Gunbalanya NT
    But that's not a bandy bandy it's a Stephens banded snake, they are much much more dangerous than a bandy bandy.
     
  7. smacdonald

    smacdonald Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Messages:
    694
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brisbane
  8. jordo

    jordo Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2006
    Messages:
    2,777
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Vic
    Top pics as always, look forward to the next one
     
  9. kupper

    kupper Suspended Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,978
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    melbourne
    cool i think someone posted a thread on APS of them holding a golden crown in there bare hands... hence the confusion
     
  10. smacdonald

    smacdonald Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Messages:
    694
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Golden-crowned snakes are venomous, but they're reluctant to bite and they're probably only mildly toxic. Stephens' banded snakes, on the other hand, are very toxic. I know of one bite in which the guy was unconscious with a few minutes. A few of the smaller elapids (e.g., ornamental, Stephens' banded, rough-scaled snakes) have been responsible for bites resulting in rapid loss of consciousness followed by spontaneous awakening. I assume the bite rapidly drops blood pressure, which is then slowly regained. After consciousness is regained, there are still serious venom effects to contend with.


    Stewart
     
  11. Bax155

    Bax155 Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,165
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Hunter Valley, NSW
    Great pics as always Stewart!! Absolutly love that series of pics with the Lamington spiny cray!!
     
  12. herpkeeper

    herpkeeper Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,012
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    N/Q
    awsome pics, love the Stephens banded & the leafy
     
  13. Den from Den Pythons

    Den from Den Pythons Very Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,273
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Brisbane
    A mate of mine was hit by a Stephen's. The end result was renal failure.... He's fine now, wouldn't have been a great experience though I'm sure. Great shots Stewart.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page