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More reptiles

August 25, 2012

We had rather unexciting results recently with a remote camera in a bush remnant on Kay and Neil’s property at Strath Creek , only recording a Black Rat, a wombat  and a few kangaroos. However, this Marbled Gecko (Christinus marmoratus), discovered by Neil a few days later, was a nice little surprise.

This small lizard (approx. 70mm long, snout-vent) is quite common across southern Australia and is even seen regularly in suburban Melbourne. It is usually nocturnal and mainly arboreal, but also likes to hang around fallen timber and woodpiles, searching for spiders, insects and other invertebrates.

While sorting through photos sent in by members of the local community, we came across this lovely picture of a Jacky Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus) sent in by Ron from Flowerdale some time ago.

This well-camouflaged lizard (120mm s-v) is active during the day (but perhaps not too active at this time of year !) and like the gecko, it benefits from leaving fallen timber.

And another reptile picture was just received from Rutherglen. Can anyone confirm that this is also a Jacky Lizard despite the different markings?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    August 29, 2012 9:30 pm

    Lizard in the second pic looks like a bearded dragon to me, Pogona barbata. If its being confused for a jacky lizard then it is probably a sub adult.

    • August 30, 2012 1:45 pm

      Thanks James for clearing that up – we appreciate your feedback and will make sure the photographer sees your comment.

      David & Laurie

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