By Michael Swan
Snakes, Lizards and Frogs of the Victorian Mallee represents the 1st finished booklet at the herpetofauna of the quarter. It covers fifty six species that inhabit the world in addition to a different 24 species taking place within the fringe riverine and forest platforms. to assist identity a photo of every species is supplied and supported through a distribution map, a diagnostic positive aspects key and descriptive species bills. The publication additionally encompasses a dialogue of venomous snakes, info on first-aid for snakebites, and tricks for snake prevention round the condo.
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Widespread in Australia, however the three discrete Victorian sites represent the extreme southern end of its distribution. Diagnostic features Body slender. Long fleshy tail. Dorsum reddish brown, with many variable sized blotches. Head with sharp pointed ‘beak-like’ snout and eye prominently pale-rimmed. Digits all clawed with no expanded pads. 141°E 142°E 143°E 144°E Habits: Forages between vegetation. A particularly alert gecko that quickly flees when disturbed. A termite and ant specialist.
Head and dorsum olive-grey, scattered with small white flecks. Mid-lateral plain or with weak pale stripe. Lower eyelid fused to form a fixed spectacle. Five fingers and five toes on well-developed limbs. 141°E 142°E 143°E 144°E Locations: Little Desert, Big Desert, Sunset Country, Hattah-Kulkyne. Victorian conservation status: Not considered as threatened. Skinks l Western Blue-tongued Lizard Tiliqua occipitalis (Peters, 1863) 34°S Mildura 35°S Kerang 36°S G. Parker Big Desert, Vic Description: A large, slender-bodied lizard with a broad, triangular head and smooth scales.
Particularly common in areas of Cypress Pine. In Victoria, largely restricted to southern Big Desert and Little Desert National Park. Habits: Semi-arboreal, often seen basking on its perch along tracks or roadsides. Home or basking sites can be fallen timber, small trees and shrubs. Mostly shy and retreats when approached too closely, often climbing a tree or shrub. Feeds on ants, grasshoppers, beetles, other insects and berries. Adults recorded eating flowers and skinks. Males engage in ritual combat, Diagnostic features Body with dorsolateral spinose scales.