The Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko). A very large arboreal gecko found from Northeast India, through Southeast Asia, to Western New Guinea. The most vocal of all lizards, it has an extensive repertoire of squeaks, barks, clicks and hisses. In fact, it gets its name from the extremely loud and distinctive 'to-kay' call that males make during the breeding season; a familiar sound in forested, rocky and urban areas. It has adapted well to its new urban habitats and is common in and around human habitations where it finds shelter and a plentiful supply of food. It is often found hunting insects around lights and can actually be an asset as vermin control. A very agile gecko, able to negotiate widows and ceilings, with a fierce reputation, and a formidable bite for its size. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues taking a toll on their numbers; it being particularly spectacular therefore popular in the pet trade, also in high demand for traditional Chinese medicine. It is considered a delicacy in some cultures and is shrouded in many superstitions both good and bad. This particular individual, a small juvenile, was brought to my attention with an excited "Dad, Dad, Dad, a BLUE lizard" by my young son who spotted it one night cruising over boulders in the landscaped garden of a sea side resort, busily hunting insects by electric light.
Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Mighty Crown 🐍👑
Golden-crowned Snakes (Cacophis squamulosus) always seem to put on a fearsome display when disturbed. Being a reasonably small, slender species without potent venom lends to these snakes adopting such postures as a means to scare off predators. This beauty was the largest of three individuals I found just the other night! As a testament to their ability to remain unseen, the two people I was walking with walked straight past these snakes on the edge of the trail. They blend right in and can easily be mistaken as a stick at first glance. Moments like those really make me wonder how many animals I don't see when I go walking...!
A SPOTTED BLACK SNAKE (Pseudechis guttatus) in its black-soil habitat in the Brigalow Belt, QLD. We came across a few Spotted Blacks one sunny morning. One, we believe, was stalking an Eastern Brown snake for breakfast however we unknowingly disturbed them causing the brown to flee down a hole. It would have been epic to witness the battle as they were about the same size.
A good-sized Boa Constrictor from south of the border. The boas in Northern Mexico don't get quite as large as they do further south, but they are still big, powerful, and beautiful - boas are always an exciting find in the field.⠀
The Marine #Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) feeds exclusively on algae. Large males such as this one will #dive in rocky waters looking for food whilst females and smaller males generally feed in the intertidal zone.
Restricted only to the #Galapagos , these guys are considered vulnerable and their population is strongly correlated with el nino events. El nino events increase the water temperature and subsequently reduce the amount of growing algae. This can reduce some lizard populations by 90%. #1frame4nature#sunrise
First herps of the year!!!! Marlbed salamander (Ambystoma opacum) next to a false turkey tail mushroom (Stereum hirsutum). Marbled salamanders like all salamanders are amphibians meaning that they have moist glandular skin which they use to breathe. Marbled salamanders are a type of mole salamander that spend most of their lives underground. They only come up above the ground to breed and lay their eggs during the warm rains of spring and fall. #amphibians#herpetology#herping#conservation
Photo by @andrea_senese_photography.
European Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis), at Dadia Forest National Park.
During our last #Greeknature Tour we encountered several specimens of both species of Lacerta present in the area.
Here a beautiful male of L.viridis in its breeding colours.
Ramarro orientale (Lacerta viridis).
Durante lo scorso tour greco abbiamo contattato numerosi individui di entrambe le specie di Lacerta presenti in quell'area.
Ecco un bellissimo maschio nella sua livrea riproduttiva.
Little noodle under anesthesia is a perfect time to get up close and personal. This little buddy had his tracker surgically taken out of him (aka aliens abducted him and probed him) and he’s now back out in the field with his wife and kids.
Photo by me🙋🏼♀️📸