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Reptiles

Resident and visiting Reptiles on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

Well camoflaged in a Black Wattle (Acacia leiocalyx), is the arboreal and diurnal Green Tree Snake living along the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

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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.

 

A small beneficial lizard to 10 cm. Active during the day and night hunting moths and insects around habitation. The upper half of the body is darker. Often with a white line common along the flank.

A large 2 metre lizard perfectly camoflaged against the Forest Red gum tree on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

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Found near Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. A voracious feeder, known to devour snakes, lizards, rats, rabbits and mice. Growing to a length of 1.5 metres they can display amazing bursts of speed when alarmed.

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Reference;  Swanson, S.   Lizards of Australia.

These lizards are diurnal and semi-arboreal and can be found perched on exposed places such as tree branches and logs. When agitated or threatened, display their beard and gape. The males are very territorial and only allow females and juveniles into their territory. They feed on invertebrates such as crickets and worms, also mice and other small reptiles. Image of lizard on fencepost at refuge.

Juvenile lizard photographed on Sportsman Creek today. These lizards have long powerful limbs for climbing and can grow to over 1metre in length and weigh 1kg. Water Dragons are extremely shy in the wild. They can swim totally submerged and rest on the bottom of creeks for 90 minutes to avoid detection. A large population live along the creek all year , basking on overhanging limbs.

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===================     Spring camouflage for this Tree Goanna    =============

A Tree Goanna making a hasty exit after predating nearby bird nests in early spring on the wildlife refuge.


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