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)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Koolan July Survey

This fauna survey was a lot more comfortable to do, as the heat and humidity was a lot lower than the one in Feburary this year.

One reptile than you can catch on Koolan any time of the year is the common Rock Skink (Ctenotus inornatus).

A more uncommon one is the Moon or Orange-naped Snake (Furina ornata), which we didn't catch at all in Feburary.

A very dark form of legless lizard (Delma borea) is found on the island.

One of the geckos found in the north that we caught on this survey was Gehyra australis.

The minesite environmental crew on Koolan are a great bunch of people, that are always a great help with the trapping. Here Shona, one of the environmental students, is on the lookout for more animals (or is it a cold beer at the wet mess?).

Finally, no survey on Koolan is complete without a endemic snail survey. This is the typical habitat for a lot of the snail species found on the island, rocks with thick leaf litter under trees.


Penny said...

Looks like a stunning place to be. Our daughter was up on the Roper river last week, her husband is doing survey work for mine and she tells me she saw two very large geccos at least over a hands breadth, no photo unfortunately, but down in the south here we only expect to find small ones and she couldnt believe how big they were, any ideas on what they are?

Richard King said...

Hi Penny,
Hard to say without a pic, but maybe Marbled Velvet Geckos, they get quite big up there.

Quantum Tiger said...

Love the rock skink image. Beautiful