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Reptiles and Frogs

Overview

Many kinds (species) of reptiles (turtles, snakes and lizards) and frogs are found within the Coastal Wilderness Region. They are exciting animals and learning about them and their behaviour and finding them in the wild (or even your backyard) can be very exciting. People often think that all small skinks are the same; in fact there are many different species with some of the most amazing colours, stripes and external structures. Within a single species there may be great variety in colour and markings. 

On Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (ALCW) Nature Map you will soon find descriptions and photos of each species and tips on how to identify single species and where to find them. On "Frequently asked questions" (under About) you can find tips on photographing reptiles (and frogs). Read this so that you can take good photos without harm to the animals or yourself.

By taking photos and reporting sightings you will be adding to our knowledge of these animals, many of which are threatened or rare. This is why we call it 'citizen science'. It is also a great way to enjoy nature and learn about the scientific study of nature.  

Reptiles and frogs are divided into subgroups: Snakes (14 species), Skinks (33), Dragons (6), Legless lizards (5), Geckos (2), Monitors (2), Turtles (2) and Frogs (30). It will take no time before you can tell the difference between groups and know the answer to many questions such as: how do you tell the difference between Legless lizards and snakes?

Happy Nature Mapping of reptiles and frogs.

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Acanthophis antarcticus (Common Death Adder)

Acanthophis antarcticus red colour form (Greater Sydney specimen)
Acanthophis antarcticus Bournda
Acanthophis antarcticus FionaG, Quaama
Acanthophis antarcticus
Acanthophis antarcticus
Acanthophis antarcticus

Acritoscincus duperreyi (Acritoscincus duperreyi)

Acritoscincus duperreyi Jackie Miles, Nadgee, road kill
Acritoscincus duperreyi Jackie Miles, Nadgee, road kill
Acritoscincus duperreyi
Acritoscincus duperreyi

Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Lizard)

Amphibolurus muricatus photo by Liz Allen
Amphibolurus muricatus photo by Liz Allen
Amphibolurus muricatus photo by Harrison Warne
Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus
Amphibolurus muricatus

Anepischetosia maccoyi (Highlands Forest-skink)

Austrelaps ramsayi (Highland Copperhead)

Austrelaps ramsayi Max Campbell, Nunnock Swamp
Austrelaps ramsayi Max Campbell, Bega Swamp
Austrelaps ramsayi
Austrelaps ramsayi

Austrelaps superbus (Lowland Copperhead)

Austrelaps superbus Jackie Miles, Nadgee Moor
Austrelaps superbus

Cacophis squamulosus (Golden-crowned Snake)

Cacophis squamulosus Belowra area, Narelle
Cacophis squamulosus Nocturnal species, found after dark
Cacophis squamulosus Harrison Warne, Dr George Mtn
Cacophis squamulosus
Cacophis squamulosus
Cacophis squamulosus

Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis (Eastern long-necked turtle)

Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis Max Campbell, Brogo
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis Max Campbell, Brogo
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis Max Campbell, Brogo, juvenile
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis

Chelonia mydas (Green sea turtle)

Concinnia tenuis (Bar-sided forest-skink)

Concinnia tenuis Max Campbell, Tura Beach
Concinnia tenuis Bournda EEC, Bournda National Park
Concinnia tenuis Bournda EEC, Bournda National Park
Concinnia tenuis
Concinnia tenuis
Concinnia tenuis

Crinia signifera (Common Eastern Froglet)

Crinia signifera Wonboyn specimens - photo by Kerri Lee
Crinia signifera Brogo specimen (underside) by Max Campbell
Crinia signifera Brogo specimen by Max Campbell
Crinia signifera
Crinia signifera
Crinia signifera

Cryptophis nigrescens (Small-eyed Snake)

Cryptophis nigrescens Small-eyed Snake, Nadgee S.F John Wombey
Cryptophis nigrescens Small-eyed Snake, Kalaru - Michael McMaster
Cryptophis nigrescens
Cryptophis nigrescens

Cyclodomorphus michaeli (Eastern She-oak Skink)

Cyclodomorphus michaeli Wonboyn specimen photo by KerriLee
Cyclodomorphus michaeli note dark marking around/below eye
Cyclodomorphus michaeli note snake-like form and often behaviour (mimicry)
Cyclodomorphus michaeli
Cyclodomorphus michaeli
Cyclodomorphus michaeli

Drysdalia coronoides (White-lipped snake)

Drysdalia coronoides Showing the white upper lip marking
Drysdalia coronoides Narelle, Murunna Pt
Drysdalia coronoides
Drysdalia coronoides
Drysdalia coronoides
Drysdalia coronoides

Drysdalia rhodogaster (Mustard-bellied Snake)

Drysdalia rhodogaster Drysdalia rhodogaster showing the 'mustard' belly. Photo by Harrison Warne
Drysdalia rhodogaster Jackie Miles, Surfbeach
Drysdalia rhodogaster image wombey, Bermagui
Drysdalia rhodogaster
Drysdalia rhodogaster
Drysdalia rhodogaster

Egernia saxatilis intermedia (Black Rock Skink)

Egernia saxatilis intermedia Jackie Miles, Nadgee Beach
Egernia saxatilis intermedia Max Campbell, Mimosa Rocks NP
Egernia saxatilis intermedia
Egernia saxatilis intermedia

Emydura macquarii (Macquarie Turtle)

Emydura macquarii Image by Jimm -Towamba River System
Emydura macquarii Image by Jimm -Towamba River System
Emydura macquarii
Emydura macquarii

Eretmochelys imbricata (Hawksbill Turtle)

Eretmochelys imbricata Merimbula
Eretmochelys imbricata

Eulamprus heatwolei (Yellow-bellied Water-skink)

Eulamprus heatwolei Note dark front edge of ear hole, heavy black spots on top of head.
Eulamprus heatwolei Yellow belly and underside of limbs and pale cheek marks bordered above & below with black
Eulamprus heatwolei No strong, pale yellow, anterior dorso-lateral stripe
Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei
Eulamprus heatwolei

Eulamprus quoyii (Eastern Water-skink)

Eulamprus quoyii Note distinct, pale yellow, anterior dorso-lateral stripe
Eulamprus quoyii

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