Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko
Just finished up a very successful 2 day Leaf-tailed Gecko Tour down on the border of NSW and QLD. The targets of the two day expedition was the Granite Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius wyberba) and the beautiful Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius swaini). I will be posting some of the images from the trip over the next few days!
Eastern Sedge Frog (Litoria fallax), from a survey in suburban Melbourne last week. •
Normally native to eastern Australia these tiny green tree frogs have set-up thriving, feral populations all over Melbourne, probably transported here accidentally in fruit boxes from up north!
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Male green Iguana with some lipstick on. This is the same guy who I video taped trying to whip me with his tail. I saw him every day in the same area along with an even bigger male with pink on his body. I was only able to get a photo of the biggest one the first time I encountered him. Each time I tried after that he saw me coming and took off. Guess they don’t get over 6ft by being stupid!!
I posted this snake as a quiz on my story to see who could identify it, it's kinda a tricky one! The species common name is green water snake, but as you can see it is not green! This is a red-phase green water snake, it is a somewhat uncommon color variation of an otherwise abundantly common native snake. Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-17mm fisheye lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #snake#florida#everglades#southflorida#nerodia#herping#fieldherping#fieldherpphotography#snakesofinstagram#fisheye
I was so happy to find this beautiful Murray Darling Carpet Python (Morelia spilota metcalfei) on a warm, sunny morning in South Australia. This young adult was stalking some birds in a small bush when we found it. It would’ve been attracted to the area because of the heavy numbers of prey items including birds, possums, rodents and more! This was one of the prettiest snake species I have ever seen and it’s so good to be able to tick this one off the list!
I was called out to relocate this unique Rough-scaled Snake a couple of days back from lady’s pool on the Sunshine Coast. This species is typically known to have thick dark bands running the length of their body, however this individual was completely patternless!
Damn, it has been a while since I've posted on this account! My absence has been due to multiple trips to a couple of cool places, including the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape/Karoo, and most recently Wakkerstroom with @fieldherper and @thelionheartexperience. I still have tonnes and tonnes of photographs of some pretty incredible species to edit, so stay tuned. Anyway, for now here is a cute hatchling leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) from Pilanesberg last year. 🐢
A red eft stage of the red-spotted newt, in this juvenile phase their bright orange to red colouration helps to warn predators of the tetrodotoxins they produce. These toxins affects the nervous system of an attacker and although this is the same poison found in puffer fish it’s in a low enough dosage that it won’t have any negative effects to an adult human. The toxins are specialised to target smaller predators such as rodents and shrews