And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Geckos and Legless Lizards

The mornings at Wodgina were cool with one of them even having a low mist, which is uncommon for these arid areas. Cool nights and days are not the best for trapping reptiles, but often if there wasn't a full moon the geckos were still on the move at night.






Fat-tailed Gecko


The morning trap checks often found that the Fat-tailed Geckos (Diplodactylus conspicillatus) had been hunting during the night.




These amazing geckos usually live in vertical spider burrows, probably after having eaten the spider. They use that hard ridged flat tail to block the burrow if anything tries to eat them.




Delma pax


A lot of legless lizards don't have common names. This one is Delma pax, a common legless lizard in this area of the Pilbara.




Close relatives of geckos, legless lizards can be told from a snake by hindlimb flaps, thick fleshy tongues and ear openings (between the rear two black bands in this species).



Burton's Snake-Lizard


One of the most interesting legless lizards in Australia, Burton's Snake-lizard (Lialis burtonis). He's a fast-moving lizard hunter, but also eats small geckos, dragons and snakes, with a special hinge allowing his jaws to act like a pair of pincers to grasp prey.

2 comments:

Stu said...

Some fascinating creatures there.

So it doesn't have a comon English name? How about 'King's Legless Lizard"!

Wilma said...

Beautiful animals,Richard. The fat-tailed gecko is very photogenic! And the sky from the previous post is surreal.

cheers,
Wilma