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Image Some reptilian and amphibian creatures of the Arnhem Land Sandstone Plateau
By tropicbreeze on August 2, 2011

On a bushwalk up on the Arnhem Land Sandstone Plateau I was able to take photos of some of it inhabitants. It's an area visited by very few people so here's an insight to what may be found there.

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ImageLaVonne
Aug 2, 2011 11:48 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I enjoy learning about other species in other countries. You did a marvelous job with this one....the pictures are very good....wish I could take ones as good..Marti is the photographer in out family.

Would love to see more articles from others about reptiles and amphibians in their country.
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ImageSharon
Aug 2, 2011 11:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Well, Zig, you've done it again, though I can't say that I'm extremely fond of your subject matter. I do enjoy reading and learning about them.

Thanks for another journey into your interesting world. I always look forward to your stories.
tropicbreeze
Aug 3, 2011 6:30 AM CST
Thanks Dorothy. I also belong to herpetology forums so I do get to see some great photos and really appreciate them. Don't know of any other cubits relating to reptiles and/or amphibians, but I have 6 articles on the subject in this cubit.

Sharon, as they say here "you're not Robinson Crusoe". It's not the most popular subject for many but for those that do like it, they're often very passionate. Glad you liked it as an article.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 4, 2011 6:05 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Well Zig, you peaked my interest! It's fascinating how many different species of reptiles and amphibians there are in Australia, there are very few here by comparison. From my youth I remember only the brown snake, red-bellied snake, sleepy lizard and the drop tail lizard apart from an occasional frog.

The sleepy lizard which would open it's moth wide if disturbed seemingly to spit at you, and the drop tail lizard which dropped it's tail end if picked up by the tail!
tropicbreeze
Aug 5, 2011 7:18 AM CST
Janet, there's a lot of skinks and geckos that drop their tails which then act as a diversion for any predators. The Brown and the Red-bellied Black Snakes are quite common especially in the south. Not sure about the "sleepy lizard", unless that's the Blue-tongued Lizard.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 5, 2011 7:45 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Zig, I only recall having come across a red-bellied snake once, that is when an Italian immigrant who used to rent our 'other' house on the farm during pea picking season. He used to dig the drains in return for free rent, he came across one in a part of the drain where we used to occasionally take a dip to cool off! Brown snakes were rarely seen where I was, that was Hindmarsh Tiers in S.A.

I do remember finding a huge snake behind the door in our outside lavatory, but I was very young and found out years later it was a baby snake! Hilarious!

I found a photo of a sleepy lizard, it looks about right.. Tiliqua rugosa

http://www.kemperphoto.com/wildlife_main.html

Mouth open! They were scary when they did that, not a small lizard to a kid. Hilarious!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tiliqua_rugosa.jpg

tropicbreeze
Aug 6, 2011 2:43 AM CST
Janet, I recall now. We called them Shingle-backs, or Stumpy-tails. But I do remember now having heard of them referred to as Sleepy Lizards as well.

A photo of one I took in western New South Wales.
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ImageJRsbugs
Aug 6, 2011 6:18 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Yes that's the one Zig, they look like a mini crocodile. Hilarious! I can see how they got the other two names!

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