Pilbara Barking Gecko!
This guy was one of many species i have managed to tick off of my wish list over the past couple of weeks. Despite being considered fairly uncommon (mostly due to their small distribution) we had absolutely no trouble turning them up during our time in the Pilbara. We found close to 20 individuals on this particular night alone!
A male Florida softshell turtle approaches a female out in the everglades. These fascinating turtles exhibit sexual dimorphism in size, with the female being considerably larger than the male. This species is one of the largest freshwater turtles in the country with a supposed record sized female at 96lbs, although I have not seen one half that size. Softshell turtles, as the name implies, have relatively soft, flexible, leathery shells instead of the hard shell most people are familiar with for turtles. Softshells also have a very long neck with an elongated snorkel nose to aid in covertly breathing while hiding. They are very swift and skilled swimmers with powerful webbed feet and sharp claws. If you find a turtle in the road it is always kind to help it across if it is safe to do so, but watch for claws and biting as they will often see your "help" as a potential predator trying to take them away!
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Sclerophrys gutturalis; the common African toad, or as they are better known, the Guttural toad, is a species of amphibian which has a very wide distribution across southern Africa. They are found in grassland habitat near semi-permanent or perennial water sources, and can often be found in the hundreds on roads after rain on warm nights.
Dark patches on their snouts, and just behind each eye, form a pattern in the shape of a cross on the heads of this species. They have bright red patterns on the back of their hind limbs. 🐸🌾
Oenpelli Python! Arguably one of the rarest pythons in the world, this 3.5m male was the 75th individual recorded in the field. Unfortunately I was a little unprepared and only had a macro lens with me this night. We found this one just outside of Kakadu National Park. Would you like to see Oenpelli Pythons in the wild? Contact us today to organise your own personal wildlife tour of Australia!