Vic Mallee Herps !

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  1. richoman_3

    richoman_3 Very Well-Known Member

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    Spent the Cup weekend at Little Desert and Big Desert with micah, steve, simon and alot of other really cool people !
    It was my first time up to the mallee so i was really damn excited !

    the first day kicked off well !

    the skinks were common, but proved to be fast !

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    Obscure Skink (Morethia obscura) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Ragged Snake-Eyed Skink (Cryptoblepharus pannosus) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    a nice little mitchells short tailed snake !!

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    Mitchell's Short-Tailed Snake (Parasuta nigriceps) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Mitchell's Short-Tailed Snake (Parasuta nigriceps) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Shinglebacks were a VERY common sight !, it was really cool seeing them in pairs and moving around together !

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    Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Only saw a couple of beardies, this was a nice eastern !

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    Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr



    The next day we moved onto Big desert where the real awesomeness started !

    my fave skink !!!

    desert skink (with a neck injury)

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    Desert Skink (Liopholis inornata) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Desert Skink (Liopholis inornata) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Nobbi dragon

    nice smile
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    Nobbi dragon (Diporiphora nobbi) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Nobbi Dragon (Diporiphora nobbi) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Norris dragon - only saw the one, these are cool guys!

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    Norris's Dragon (Amphibolurus norrisi) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Painted dragons were a very common sight along the roads, damn they are awesome lizards !

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    Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Mallee dragons were extremely quick !!

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    Mallee Dragon (Ctenophorus fordi) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Saw a couple of really nice burtons!

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    Burton's Legless Lizard ( Lialis burtonis) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Burton's Legless Lizard (Lialis burtonis) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Burton's Legless Lizard (Lialis burtonis) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    A few of these Southern spinys were found

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    Southern Spiny-Tailed Gecko (Strophurus intermedius) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Southern Spiny-Tailed Gecko (Strophurus intermedius) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr

    A stinky greys skink

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    Grey's Skink (Menetia greyii) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    A cool looking banjo frog that was found on a rainy night

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    Eastern Banjo Frog (Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Eastern Banjo Frog (Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    The rain also turned out some blind snakes !!!

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    Prong-Snouted Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr

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    Dark-Spined Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops bicolor) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Dark-Spined Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops bicolor) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    Some night walks turned out with some wicked looking geckos

    Beaded Gecko

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    Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    A nice Wood gecko

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    Wood Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Wood Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr


    And the highlight of the trip

    BARDICK !!!!!

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    Bardick (Echiopsis curta) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr
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    Bardick (Echiopsis curta) by Richoman_herps, on Flickr



    i had heaps of fun as you can see !!!
    enjoy !!
     
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    Congrats and well done mate, some awesome photos there
     
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    thanks mate !
    it was an awesome trip !
     
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    Wow Nick, you gotta be happy with that..and a bardick to.
    Excellent pic of the Burtons to.
    How good is Cookie at spotting herps?
     
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    GREAT pics "THANKS" for sharing solar 17 (baden)
     
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    He is bloody good at spotting herps my dad has nick named him the "white aboriginal".
     
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    he is amazing at finding stuff !!!!!
     
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    Great pics Nick
     
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    Great pic's....looks like the trip was a good one.
     
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    Nice work mate. I spent a lot of time in that area in 2004 and 2005. I was there with Mike Swan and Damian Goodall in '05 and we saw over 100 L.dameum in a night, often with multiple individuals in the headlights at any one time. I miss it!
     
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    wow thats pretty cool !
    they are a really cool gecko!
     
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    Did better than my weeks herping.
     
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    thanks yous stephens
     
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    Prettiest Burtons I've seen so far. Great pics
     
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    Jealous of that bardick!!! They are truly an awesome species! I also like the C. pictus shots and what a stunning burtons!!!

    I think you did better than me and stephen! although we found Philoria pughi :p
     
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    The credit goes to Steve Cook although Nick did see another Burton's that got away I also found some cool stuff on the trip.
     
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    would love to know when these trips are on next, i live not far from the little desert
     
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    pfffft a frog :p !

    haha, looking forward to seeing your shots of it :) !
     
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    A rare, pretty frog ;)
     
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    These shots are great!!! I have a holiday house not far from Little Desert and until I sell it, I think you just gave me a great reason to go spend some time up there!!!
     
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