Southern brigalow belt and Granite belt of Queensland (DUW)

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  1. Gecko75

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    Just another of my recent herp threads, put them up else where and decided to put them up here just for anyone who missed out or doesn't use other forums. enjoy

    Have been lucky enough to have spent the last 3 nights in the south east brigalow belt of queensland, found about 30 species, went to a few places, was very hot, and also rained one of the nights, anyway, here is what we saw, will put a bit of story with each species, no locations sorry, most of the place is cleared which is a shame, can see why so many species are rare in these areas. I photographed pretty much everything I saw, if there is no pictures it means it was to quick for me or was dead. can put up full body shots of most animals on request though I didnt want to flood this thread with hundreds of pictures so I am just putting up a shot of each, though I have many more.
    Geckos
    Diplodactylus steindachneri
    seen on the roads at night
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    Diplodactylus vittatus
    seen on the roads at night
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    Gehyra dubia
    seen on the roads at night, and on trees and buildings
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    Heteronotia binoei
    seen under sleepers and tin and also on the roads at night
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    Strophurus taenicauda (R)
    Seen on the roads at night
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    Pygopus schraderi
    seen on the roads at night
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    Skinks
    Cryptoblepharus sp
    seen on trees and buildings
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    ctenotus sp
    seen active in the day
    Ctenotus robustus (?)
    seem under sleepers and active in the day
    Egernia rugosa (V)
    seen active in the day
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    Egernia striolata
    seen on logs and trees
    Morethia boulengeri
    seen active in the day
    Tiliqua rugosa
    seen dead on road
    Tiliqua scincoides
    seen under sleepers and dead on road
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    Goannas
    Varanus gouldii
    seen active in day and dead on road
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    Varanus panoptes
    seen active in day
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    Dragons
    Amphibolurus burnsi
    seen on stumps and on the ground
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    Pogona barbata
    seen on stumps and on the ground
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    Elapid Snakes
    Denisonia devisi
    seen dead on the road
    Furina diadema
    seen crossing the road at night
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    Pseudechis australis
    seen on roads at night
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    Pseudechis guttatus
    seen on road at night
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    Pseudonaja textilis
    seen on road at night and dead on road
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    unidentified snakes
    seen crossing roads which escaped before we were out of the car.
    We also got heavy rain on one of the nights, we saw a few frog species sorry no ID's to them, I added them then figured out I put them all in the wrong spots so I gave up and took them out again.
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    On the way to the brigalow we drove through the granite belt and had a quick look at a few spots near the road, we managed to see cunninghams skinks, tree skinks, boulengers morethia and nobbi dragons. Anyway, after the 3 nights at th brigalow, we decided to head down to Girraween national park for the night, we arrived late in the afternoon, a few species were seen there over the afternoon, night and next morning before we left. I noticed a lot of the animals that are not usually rock dwellers used this type of habitat at the park, every single animal I saw would use a crevice to hide or go under a rock bar the single red bellied black snake and a few of the ctenotus and small skinks, anyway here are the pictures.
    Chelodina longicollis
    was seen crossing a road on the way
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    Snakes
    Cryptophis nigrescens
    We saw a large individual hunting geckos on one of the walks near the camp, it would stick its head into crevices then come out and move to the next one, when I approached he went straight into one and I was unable to get pictures
    Pseudechis porphyricus
    I spotted this on one of the walks, my mum and brother walked right past it and stepped about a foot away from it, as I was last I spotted it, it sat still for a bit then slide off straight into a hole, I didn't manage to capture any good pictures as I didn't have my camera ready
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    monitors
    Varanus gouldii
    my mum spotted this near the creek, I got very close, within a foot and got a few shots before he started to move
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    Geckos
    Gehyra dubia
    these geckos were common all over the place, the most common gecko we saw
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    Oedura leusuerii
    we saw a few of these at night on rocks
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    Oedura tryoni
    we saw a few of these, there noise usually gave them away as they walked through the leaves
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    Saltuarius wybera
    We saw two of these geckos, they are a lot similar to the leaf tails I find where I am, these are only found within the wyberba area hence the name
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    Dragons
    Amphibolurus muricatus
    these were seen a few times on walks
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    Amphibolurus nobbi
    we saw a lot of these aswell, one was very defensive when cornerned, he sat there with his mouth open and up on his legs when he knew it was no use escaping as his area had no good hiding spots
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    "Defensive"
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    Physignathus lesueurii
    we saw two of these near the creek, I didn't manage to capture any pictures as the two were very shy
    Skinks
    small skink sp, probably morethia or carlia
    seen in leaf litter
    Ctenotus taeniolatus (?)
    seen in leaf litter
    Ctenotus robustus (?)
    seen in leaf litter
    Egernia cunninghami
    these were very common in the park, usually near large crevices
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    Egernia mcpheei
    common on rocky areas, we saw 3 young ones together but they all ran when I got the camera out, we saw many adults aswell, they seemed to like the lower areas of the park
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    Eulamprus martini
    one of the most common species, they were everywhere
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    Eulamprus quoyii
    seen along the creek
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    Ornate burrowing frog
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    A red crayfish
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    I was happy to see minimal damage, I did notice a few up turned rocks and broken rocks, this was taken right near a walk, as you can see people have trampled a lot of them, and others have been turned, what usually gives them away is the fact that there is a big pale spot on the rock next to a rock with a pale bottom, this type of stuff annoys me, please put rocks back if you turn them and make sure you are very carefull not to chip them, crack them or squash inhabitants, also remember its illegal to do this in a national parks, though a lot of this is not herpers, just careless people who walk all ovet the rocks, which means they are broken, I think it would be great if they put a board walk type thing accross areas like this or just signs saying not to go off to path, as its very fragile and takes thousands of years to form, and a few seconds to destroy!
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    Thanks, hope you enjoyed my pictures.
     
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    Some nice pictures there.
     
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    thanks gecko, apoloogies for no paragraphs, when I copied it accross it seemed to remove all of that. I also arrived home a week ago, not today, but I can no longer edit out that bit saying I just spent the last 3 nights. thanks, apoligies also for no common names, I cannot add them now, I know all the other field herpers will know what they are, but if anyone with not as much knowledge is curious as to what someone is just ask!
     
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    amazing post mate. top work. love it!!!
     
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    Thanks Bretsta.

    has anyone got an ID for the Cryptoblepharus skink I found. it has been split so much so I am not even going to attempt looking it up in my book, think this is one for eipper.
     
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    Enjoyed your presentation immensely. Thanks for all the hard work.
     
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    Thats one angry looking crayfish! You can see Hydra growing on its claws too!
     
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    thanks guys for kind words.
     
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    WOW !!

    Looks like an amazing trips and such a variety of herps! Thanks alot for sharing.
     
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    Thanks Jay.
     
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    C pannosus

    Cheers,
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    Scott which one is C pannosus? the cray? thanks.
     
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    eipper Very Well-Known Member APS Veteran

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    the cryptoblepharus is pannosus

    the cray is a Euastecus Adsell would know the species

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Scott for skink ID and cray ID.
     
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    It's E. suttoni
     
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    so cray is E. suttoni? are the red ones and the blue ones that are found down here on mid north coast the same species? I have no idea when it comes to things like them. the cray was strange cause it was the middle of the day and I said something to my brother about crays biting our toes in the murky water then we looked over and saw the red thing walking along, I am glad I didn't end up with one of them latched onto my toes.
     
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    thanks Jason, checking out the link now, didn't know there were so many species, suppose its the same as herps.
     
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    I must say I've really enjoyed a few threads today, and yours is one of them! Thanks :D
     
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    lol, and just like reptiles they have split them all up, just noticed now that suttoni is now refined to one creek and sulcatus? is the one covering Inland Northern NSW and Southern Qld.... hard to keep up eh?
     
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