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danh
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South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by danh » August 29th, 2012, 6:59 am

Though this is long overdue, I thought I’d post some pictures from my fieldtrip to South Australia last September-October.

We were off hunting dragons, and our first stop was the mallee. Mallee is a particular kind of habitat named after a tree that has multiple trunks. It’s quite a beautiful tree but it’s very easy to get lost in a forest of them. And the animals that live there are often mallee specialists.

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Ctenotus schomburgkii, Gluepot Reserve, South Australia
Photo by Tobias Hayashi

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Mallee Military Dragon, Ctenophorus fordi, Gluepot Reserve, South Australia
Photo by Tobias Hayashi

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Painted Dragon, Ctenophorus pictus, Gluepot Reserve, South Australia
Photo by Tobias Hayashi

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Nobbi Dragon, Amphibolurus nobbi, Gluepot Reserve, South Australia

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Mulga Snake, Pseudechis australus, Gluepot Reserve South Australia
Sorry for the poor quality shot but I thought the rusty red colour of this mulga was interesting enough to be worth including.

Next stop was the Adelaide Hills, which are largely now treeless sheep pastures. Nonetheless there are plenty of herps around…

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Tawny Dragon, Ctenophorus decresii, Burra, South Australia
Photo by Tobias Hayashi

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Western Bluetongue, Tiliqua occipitalis, Burra, South Australia
Photo by Tobias Hayashi

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Shingleback, Tiliqua rugosa, Burra, South Australia
Photo by Tobias Hayashi

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Two Brown Snakes Mating, Pseudonaja textilis, Burra, South Australia

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Ranges Delma, Delma molleri, Burra, South Australia

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Thick-tailed Gecko, Underwoodisaurus milii, Burra, South Australia

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Ranges Stone Gecko, Diplodactylus furcosus, Burra, South Australia

Next we headed up to the Roxby Downs/Olympic Dam area, which is a much more traditional desert habitat. Ironically, it rained for four days and we were stuck in Roxby Downs because all the roads were closed… When we finally got out to the desert, we found plenty of stuff.

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The beautiful desert pea in flower.

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Smooth-snouted Earless Dragon, Tympanocryptis intima, Lake Torrens area, South Australia

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Morethia boulengeri, Lake Torrens area, South Australia

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Central Netted Dragon, Ctenophorus nuchalis, Roxby Downs area, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Southern Spiny-tailed Gecko, Strophurus intermedius, Roxby Downs area, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Eyrean Earless Dragon, Tympanocryptis tetraporophora, Roxby Downs area, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Timid Skink, Lerista timida, Roxby Downs area, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Gibber Dragon, Ctenophorus gibba, Lake Eyre region, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko, Nephrurus levis, Lake Eyre Region, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Beaded Gecko, Lucasium damaeum, Lake Eyre Region, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

Finally, on our way back to Canberra, we passed though the northern Flinders Ranges, picking up a few more interesting species.

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Desert Treefrog, Litoria rubella. Strzelecki Track, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy
This was the only frog of the entire trip!

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Red-backed Dragon, Ctenophorus vadnappa, Arkaroola Reserve, South Australia
Photo by Angus Kennedy

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Gould’s Monitor, Varanus gouldii, White Cliffs Road, New South Wales
Photo by Angus Kennedy

I hope you enjoyed the pictures! I’m going on another trip starting Sept 10. If anybody’s interested in coming out, I always need help finding dragons. I’m gone until the end of October, but people are welcome to come for as little as two weeks.

danh

speedy
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Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by speedy » August 29th, 2012, 3:15 pm

Where are you going to be around the last couple of weeks of october. I will be down around the barossa for a week.

Cheers

Ryan

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Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by SnakeDude » August 29th, 2012, 4:22 pm

No taipans!?! What has the world come to!

Great pics... I would kill to see that stuff :)

danh
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Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by danh » August 29th, 2012, 6:28 pm

The last couple weeks of October we'll be on the Eyre Peninsula. And, disappointingly, we weren't anywhere near the two known populations of taipan in South Australia.

vtzZt7
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Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by vtzZt7 » September 6th, 2012, 2:40 am

Great stuff. Wish I could come on one of your trips but I haven't been to South Australia since I was 2!

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Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by jordo » September 6th, 2012, 6:02 am

You did well.
That's the chunkiest timida I've ever seen, what a fat tail!

Egernia
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Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

Post by Egernia » September 8th, 2012, 6:00 am

Nice post! I really enjoyed all the Agamas. I'm heading to SA in mid to late November. This will be my first trip to SA, and you have giving me some additional ideas for stops.
Thanks,

Richard

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