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Resident and visiting Reptiles on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

With a shade of green or olive above, yellow belly and long narrow head these snakes are harmless feeding mainly on frogs. Grows to around 1.2 metres.

Australia’s most widespread reptile. This lizard is non-venomous and mostly eats other small reptiles. Lizard in image around 30 cm in length.

Found sunning along the riparian zone of Sportsman Creek Conservation Area this three metre mainly nocturnal Carpet Python.

Carpet Python

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This young Gould’s Monitor is a first time sighting in the Conservation Area. 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.Gould's MonitorGould's Monitor

“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. 

Large, 90cm male lizard seen away from the protection of  the billabong on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

Image of a large Red-bellied Black Snake, seen sunning itself on a mid-winter day. These snakes although very venomous will mostly move away if given a chance. If bitten seek medical attention immediately.

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 withExtreme Caution“.

Image courtesy of Peter Robinson @ Museum Victoria

Further reading; Snake Catchers Brisbane.