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Mattsnake
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Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Mattsnake » April 30th, 2015, 3:13 am

Haven't posted on here in ages, so thought I would throw up a few recent pictures from far-north Queensland. We have had a very pathetic wet season this year, so herping has been fairly average this season unfortunately. But there's still been a few bits and pieces getting around.

Macleay's Water Snake (Pseudoferania polylepis)
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Northern Sedge Frog (Litoria bicolor)
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Marsh Snake (Hemiaspis signata)
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Habitat where Marsh Snakes are found in this part of the country. High altitude rainforest, about 1200m above sea level.
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Juvenile Scrub Python (Morelia kinghorni)
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Larger Scrub Python
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Even bigger Scrub Python
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and another big Scrub Python swimming across a rainforest stream
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Spotted Python (Antaresia maculosa)
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Black Mountain National Park has three herp species that are endemic to it's boulder fields.
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Black Mountain Gecko (Nactus galgajuga)
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Black Mountain Skink (Liburnascincus scirtetis)
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Black Mountain Boulder Frog (Cophixalus saxatilis)
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Carpet Python (Morelia spilota)
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Northern Death Adder (Acanthophis praelongus)
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Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii)
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Green-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria serrata)
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Inland Ring-tailed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus mcdonaldi)
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Frilled Neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)
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Arafura File Snake (Acrochordus arafurae)
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Quinkan Velvet Gecko (Oedura jowalbinna)
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Mulga Snake (Pseudechis australis)
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and a few non-herps

Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis)
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Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroos (Dendrolagus lumholtzi)
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Mareeba Rock Wallabies (Petrogale mareeba)
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Cheers,

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by The Real Snake Man » April 30th, 2015, 3:34 am

Wow. Not just a ton of animals, but spectacular animals they were, herps, mammals and all. Thank you very much for sharing. If you have more, don't hold back! The shot of the python in the water is fantastic (the photography overall was amazing), was it in situ?

-Gene

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by mothman » April 30th, 2015, 1:29 pm

Fantastic photography. I love all of the pythons and a great pose of Boyd's Forest Dragon. Your post makes me yearn to return.

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by NACairns » April 30th, 2015, 3:43 pm

What an amazing post. The photography is outstanding and diversity is so cool to see. I am also particularly partial to the swimming scrub python shot. Are tree kangaroos hard to observe?
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by MonarchzMan » April 30th, 2015, 5:46 pm

I need to see more posts like this. I'm going to be visiting Australia June-August to work on Pseudophryne (down in the Newcastle area), but I will be making my way up to Cairns for a couple weeks for a conference in August. I'm hoping to get some opportunity to get out and herp up there. This is totally getting me psyched for the trip!

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Martti Niskanen » April 30th, 2015, 5:51 pm

Wow. Mighty nice.

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Neil M » May 1st, 2015, 5:55 pm

It's posts like this that keep me browsing and posting on this forum. Australia is calling me with those pythons.

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Mattsnake » May 2nd, 2015, 4:14 am

The Real Snake Man wrote:The shot of the python in the water is fantastic (the photography overall was amazing), was it in situ?
Yep, it was in situ, I just got lucky and managed to get one shot before it dove into the rocks on the opposite side.

NACairns wrote:Are tree kangaroos hard to observe?
They aren't easy to find initially, but once you figure out where they like to hang out it isn't too hard to find the same individuals in the same area over and over again. They defiantly aren't common that's for sure.

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Rich in Reptiles » May 2nd, 2015, 6:12 am

Wow, this post is great! Those boulder fields look so cool! The green-eyed treefrog is gorgeous! Love the non-herp pictures too, frogmouths always make me laugh!

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Mike VanValen » May 2nd, 2015, 9:14 am

Really great diversity. Your "pathetic" season blows away my entire life-time herping experience.

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » May 3rd, 2015, 5:11 am

Very, very wonderful stuff. Thanks for sharing! There are three flash reflections in all the critters' eyes. What's your flash rig?

Thanks again!

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by chrish » May 3rd, 2015, 9:34 am

Wow. I was just thinking about putting together my post from Port Douglas over Christmas....and now I would be embarrassed next to this post.

Those tree kangaroos might be common some places, but I never figured it out. Spectacular photos!

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by krisbell » May 4th, 2015, 2:15 am

Fantastic quality of shots throughout Matt, but particularly the wide angle stuff and particularly for me the Macleays.

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Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

Post by Scott Waters » May 4th, 2015, 11:34 am

Shared via twitter @HerpNation, as well as the Herp Nation facebook page.

Great post! Thanks for sharing.

Scott

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