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AUSTRALIA
October 2016
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AUSTRALIA
October 2016
 1 of 4
Like our Africa trip, this was a family vacation with my wife, searching for a mix of marsupials, reptiles, birds, and scenery.  Much of our time was spent on foot, which allowed close-ups of some very cool critters, including a spectacular encounter with a cassowary.  I’ve posted an album of the complete trip elsewhere; this one is limited to just herps and habitats. Our first week is in the wet tropics of northern Queensland, exploring the oldest rainforests in the world.      One of the few snakes we found. Seasonal rains were late, and nighttime temps were still a bit cool, so without specifically concentrating on snakes (i.e., lots of roadcruising in targeted areas), those we saw were mostly incidental.       We stopped off at a campground in a dry area located between rainforests, where this guy had his own reserved site high up a tree.  He had been there a week, according to the other campers. Our guide, Martin, brought us to the mangroves to search for monitors, where my wife spotted this big fella on the move.        No way I was leaving Australia without seeing a Salty.       
Boyd’s Forest Dragon Hypsilurus boydii
Rainforest Sun Skink Lampropholis coggeri
Cane Toad Rhinella marina
Northern Stoney Creek Frog Litoria jungguy
Eastern Water Dragon Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii
Female Male
Common Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulata
Frilled-neck Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii
Lace Monitor Varanus varius
Saltwater Crocodile Crocodylus porosus