“Also known as Verreaux’s Burrowing Skink or the Three Clawed Worm Skink. The best diagnostic feature for this lizard is the pale collar, clearly visible on this specimen, which helps distinguish it from (Coeranoscincus reticulatus) the Three-toed Snake-tooth Skink.” These lizards live in loose soil, leaf litter and rotting logs feeding on earthworms and beetles. Because of its burrowing habits it is seldom seen and a new species for the Conservation Area.
I.D. courtesy of Martyn Robinson. Naturalist Australian Museum.
The camoflage for a large Carpet Python observed in the riparian zone on the wildlife refuge. Although secretive and seldom encountered as they are mainly nocturnal, during winter they may be observed sunbaking in tree-tops or rock crevices and are known to enter homes and rural buildings in search of mice and rats.
Reference: Australian Reptile Park’s Guide to Snakes of South-East Australia.
Highly Venomous. “The second most toxic snake in the world. A nervous, ready biter it will defend itself if threatened. Diurnal, preys primarily on small mammals, lizards and frogs. If bitten seek medical attention immediately”. Found in the drier Open Woodlands on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge, today. This is a very fast moving species of snake and if cornered or surprised will raise its body high in an “S” shaped loop and can bite repeatedly. This snake should be treated with “Extreme Caution“.
Image courtesy of Peter Robinson @ Museum Victoria
Further reading; Snake Catchers Brisbane.
An adult Tree Goanna of 2 metres in length displaying perfect camoflage in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge today.” Very capable hunters of birds, mammals and any other reptile of suitable dimension and will also feed on carrion and eggs.”
Reference; Swanson, S. Lizards of Australia.