Over the last few months we have been watching with interest, this beautiful young Eastern Water Dragon that is residing near a small pool of water in our creek. Getting pictures of him has proven difficult as he darts under a rock into his little cave of safety very quickly. The kids have affectionately named him "Spotto".
Yellow Faced Whip Snake at Jarowair this Sunday the 25th of March 2012. This is our first positive sighting of this snake. I do believe that I have seen it in this location before, but at the time I didn't get a good look at the markings on its face.
Brendon spotted this one emerging from some rocks in the garden, while he was in the process of gardening nearby.
Yellow-faced Whip Snake emerging from the rocks 25/03/12
This Photo shows the yellow markings either side of the eye, hence its name Yellow-faced Whip Snake
You can see the brown colourings on the sides emerging. Noted that it has had an injury of somesort also.
Species name: Yellow-faced Whip Snake (Demansia psammophis)
Other Common names: Whip Snake, Grass Snake
Significance to Humans: Potentially Dangerous. especially if children involved. Bite may cause localised pain & severe symptoms. Apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.
General description: Very slender snake with long, thin whip-like tail. Large prominent eyes. Colour generally pale olive or bluish-grey, often with rusty flush or longitudinal stripes along front-third of body. Belly grayish-green, often yellowish under tail. Distinctive face markings. Obvious pale cream or yellow rim around eye, with dark comma-shaped marking curving back below eye. Dark bar or line with pale edges runs across front of snout from nostril-to-nostril. Scales smooth. Midbody scales at 15 rows.
Average Length: 65-70cm, but specimens up to 80cm have been recorded locally.
Habitat in SE Qld: Dry open areas, open forest, woodland, grassland and a frequent species around homes.
General habits: Swift-moving, alert, diurnal snake. Good vision, active hunter
Diet: Swift, fast-moving lizards such as skinks
This sighting brings us to #10 different snake species seen here at Jarowair :)
In the drizzling rain my son and I spotted these firery Boxing Kangaroo's from our Deck. I raced to get the camera and had it on the wrong setting the first few photos, but managed a couple of poor pics through the rain, and the long distance from the house. Took a little video on my little camera so I will aim to upload that also. This is not a sight often seen here, but it is the second time I have seen Boxing Roo's at Jarowair. What a great start to the morning it was!
p.s Sorry about the poor quality of the pics, they were taken in the rain and from a fair distance, but I was still happy to get them!
This photo is of rather poor quality, but I just had to share it! What a display they put on!
Brendon came across this Skink on the weekend while moving some dirt around in the garden. I am yet to have a look in the reptile Id book, but thought I would post the pic anyway. I have been a bit slack on the posting of late, but have still been taking the photos!! Need a few rainy weekends to upload them all.... Judi.
UPDATED: This is a Copper-tailed Skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus)