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Since arriving in Australia 4 months ago, I've had the chance to spend a lot of time herping in and around SE Queensland, and have been lucky enough to be shown some fantastic spots by a mate local to the area. Our time is coming to an end in this area, as we're heading north to Cairns for Xmas and new year, so I thought i'd start to get some photos up.

Heres some of species that we've been finding, in no particular order:

Yellow-spotted monitor, Varanus panoptes - Nr Dalby, Qld

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Freckled monitor, Varanus tristis - Nr Dalby, Qld

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Carpet python, Morelia spilota mcdowelli - Brisbane, Qld

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Eastern brown snake, Pseudonaja textilis - Nr Esk, Qld

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An unfortunate Eastern brown snake

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Golden-tailed gecko, Strophurus taenicauda - Gurulmundi, Qld

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Eastern bearded dragon, Pogona barbata - Dalby, Qld

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Eastern tiger snake, Notechis scutatus - Sunshine coast, Qld. This has been my favourite find so far for sure.

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Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard, Tiliqua scincoides scincoides - Tara, Qld

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Yellow-faced whip snake, Demansia psammophis psammophis - Nr Esk, Qld

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Spotted velvet gecko, Oedura tryoni - Crows Nest, Qld

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Red-bellied black snake, Pseudechis porphyriacus - Nr Dalby, Qld

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Pink-tongued skink, Cyclodomorphus gerrardii - Brisbane, Qld

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Bandy-bandy, Vermicella annulata - Brisbane, Qld

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Finally, a none-reptilian find:

Short-beaked echinda, Tachyglossus aculeatus - Brisbane, Qld

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That's so good. Thanks for the pics, they made the last few hours on the computer worthwhile.
 

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Amazing photos, Tom! Thanks for sharing :D
I hope you're having an awesome time up here, and you have an even better time up in Cairns :) I look forward to more pics of your herping adventures :)
 
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Great stuff Tom, I'm a little envious of you finding the Notechis scutatus... I will have to get my herp on!
 

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That is a nice Panoptes! Very rare these days, and good work for getting so close to it!

Did you know echidnas taste like pork?
 

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Fantastic photos. Were all the reptiles wild? Great finds.

Thanks, and yes, everything was found and photographed in the wild. I didnt fly 14,000km to photograph captive animals! :)

Omg hot images, what gear you using?

Well, theres a funny story behind an answer to that. Half the images were photographed with a Canon 7D, the other half was photographed with a 60D. When we caught the tiger snake, I ended up leaving my camera bag on the side of the road (with everything inside - 7D body, lenses, flash unit, battery grip etc), and when we realised and returned, it was gone. Bad times, and insurance didnt cover me for leaving the bag unattended, so it had to be replaced! I use speedlite flash units, Sigma 105mm macro, and canon 17-55mm. I try to carry as little as possible with me when I travel.

That is a nice Panoptes! Very rare these days, and good work for getting so close to it!

Did you know echidnas taste like pork?

Ha, no I didnt know that about echidnas. I'll have to give it a try next time we encounter a fresh road-kill.

And are you sure that V.panoptes are 'rare'? I've lost count of how many we've seen so far, they've been the most common goanna we've encountered for sure. We probably saw about a dozen on our trip out west, and saw 5 just a few weekends ago just outside of Dalby.

A few more from a trip out west:

Central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps - Nr Quilpie

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Lerista punctatovittata - Nr Cheepie

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Young Gould's goanna, Varanus gouldii - Nr Quilpie

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Gould's goana, Varanus gouldii, in bipedal stance.

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Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus - Windorah area.

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Adult male Yellow-spotted Goanna, Varanus panoptes panoptes - Nr Quilpie

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Female Perentie, Varanus giganteus - west of Windorah

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Thanks, and yes, everything was found and photographed in the wild. I didnt fly 14,000km to photograph captive animals! :)



Well, theres a funny story behind an answer to that. Half the images were photographed with a Canon 7D, the other half was photographed with a 60D. When we caught the tiger snake, I ended up leaving my camera bag on the side of the road (with everything inside - 7D body, lenses, flash unit, battery grip etc), and when we realised and returned, it was gone. Bad times, and insurance didnt cover me for leaving the bag unattended, so it had to be replaced! I use speedlite flash units, Sigma 105mm macro, and canon 17-55mm. I try to carry as little as possible with me when I travel.



Ha, no I didnt know that about echidnas. I'll have to give it a try next time we encounter a fresh road-kill.

And are you sure that V.panoptes are 'rare'? I've lost count of how many we've seen so far, they've been the most common goanna we've encountered for sure. We probably saw about a dozen on our trip out west, and saw 5 just a few weekends ago just outside of Dalby.

A few more from a trip out west:

Central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps - Nr Quilpie

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Lerista punctatovittata - Nr Cheepie

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Young Gould's goanna, Varanus gouldii - Nr Quilpie

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Gould's goana, Varanus gouldii, in bipedal stance.

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Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus - Windorah area.

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Adult male Yellow-spotted Goanna, Varanus panoptes panoptes - Nr Quilpie

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Female Perentie, Varanus giganteus - west of Windorah

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Excellent photos.

Maybe you should have told the insurance company the camera gear was stolen.

Anyway, if you are lucky the person who found the gear is honest and handed it in at a nearby police station. Worth ringing around and asking (I presume you have the serial no.s of the lost gear written down somewhere).

It might all come back to you.

Or you could put an advert in the papers and offer a reward for the return of the gear.

I wouldn't be renewing the policy with that insurer.
 

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Thanks for the info, crapper about the 7D Ouch that would have stung. :( they are awesome images, thanks for sharing.
 
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