Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gluepot 2013 #5



With multiple sets of eyes, ears and cameras, we were able to tick a wider variety of species than a single individual might do. Cunningly, (I thought), I invited others to contribute a blog entry upon return to civilization. Here’s DLs excellent contribution …
Gouldiae

Looking Down

I know we went to Gluepot to look for birds however I was always taught to look where I put my feet, so perhaps I see less birds, but am more than happy to spot the reptiles. Gluepot has recorded about ten species of snakes and forty of lizards. The most frequently sighted snake is the King Brown or Mulga and the Gluepot notes say, 'widespread very dangerous': luckily we did not see any snakes. PG almost stepped on a small grey one about the thickness of a pencil but he later decided that it was a Burton's Legless Lizard.

The largest of the lizards is the prettily marked Sand Monitor or Gould's Goanna Varanus gouldii which can grow to 1.6 metres. It is found throughout Australia except for the extreme south-east. This one conveniently froze beside the road when I stopped the car.



The biggest of the dragon lizards is the Central Bearded Dragon which is easy to photograph as it also tends to freeze when spotted (but nevertheless slowly moves its head to keep an eye on the intruder). 




The most common lizard is the Mallee Dragon that is about 15 cm long including the tail. It is patterned reddish-brown- much the colour of the sandy spinifex areas it inhabits. I saw one that was missing a front leg but it was still able to dig furiously when it became aware of my presence. I also came across couple of Mallees embroiled in a no holds barred fight up on their hind legs and tumbling over each other.


The other two dragons found at Gluepot are the Painted Dragon and the strikingly patterned grey Nobbi Dragon which is very similar to the east coast Jacky Lizard.

 

The Shingleback, Stumpy-tailed or Sleepy lizard is the largest of the skinks and is similar to our local blue-tongue lizard as when threatened it opens its mouth wide and hisses loudly whilst displaying a broad blue tongue. The Shingleback and the blue-tongues are the largest of the skinks, other smaller skinks scuttled away ahead of me- too quick to photograph although I did manage to snap a Sandplain Ctenotus before it headed into the spinifex.


......if I could just spend more time at wonderful Gluepot……
DL

5 comments:

  1. An excellent post. I look forward to other guest contributions (and more from the 'owner').

    Martin

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  2. Great shots D, nice change from all those birds...(-;

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  3. G'day Martin,
    Deirdre says, "Thanks Martin, you encourage me to perhaps try again one day!"
    Gouldiae.

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  4. We had more luck with the reptiles than birds at Gluepot this year too, the highlight being a Ringed Brown Snake which we didn't get a picture of. Emma did get a dine one of a Nobbi Dragon fiercely facing down the Troopy though, thanks to DL for the help in identifying it with this post too, other than the very very common ones most reptiles we encounter over that way are a bit of a mystery to us.

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  5. DL says - 'Thanks PB for your comments, you did well to see and identify the small but distinctive Ringed Brown as Gluepot is on the southern limit of its range.

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