Wildlife Journey Species Checklist 1 to 4 April 2018

Wildlife Journey Species Checklist 1 to 4 April 2018

Highlights of this amazing autumn journey to far East Gippsland:

Mammals: Platypus (Ornithorhychus anatinus), Australian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes), Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor), Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), Common Brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) Common Ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and lovely views of a Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps)

101 species of birds particularly Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata), Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea), Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa), Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis), Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea), Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma punctatum), Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus), White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus), Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus), Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) and Gang-gang (Callocephalon fimbriatum)

Reptiles – quiet, mostly due to cool weather. Copper-tailed Skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus) and Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)
Wildlife Guide: Janine Duffy
Areas visited: Orbost, Marlo, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Raymond Island, Cape Conran Coastal Park, Cabbage Tree Palms Reserve, Lake Tyers Forest, Snowy River National Park, Buchan Caves Reserve, Croajingolong National Park, The Lakes National Park.

For more pics go to: Wildlife Journey April 2018

 

Wildlife Journey checklist April 2018

 

Wildlife Journey checklist April 2018

Wildlife Journey checklist April 2018

Wildlife Journey checklist April 2018

Wildlife Journey checklist April 2018

Wildlife Journey checklist April 2018

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Wildlife Journey (part of Maximum Wildlife) Species Checklist 10 to 16 October 2018

Wildlife Journey (part of Maximum Wildlife) Species Checklist 10 to 16 October 2018

Highlights of this journey to far East Gippsland: 13 mammal species including Platypus (Ornithorhychus anatinus), Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Bare-nosed Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) Burrunan Dolphin (Tursiops australis), Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Australian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes), Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), Red-necked Wallaby (Notamacropus rufogriseus), Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and a mother Common Brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) with her joey (baby) on her back. 123 species of birds particularly Hooded Plover (Thinornis cucullatus), Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus), Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis), Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus), Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus), Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami), Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae), Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) and Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens), and 10 reptiles including Goanna (Lace Monitor Varanus varius), Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis), Copper-tailed Skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus) Eastern Blue-tongue (Tiliqua scincoides), Yellow-bellied Water Skink (Eulamprus heatwolei), Jacky Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus) and Gippsland Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii howittii).

Wildlife Guide: Martin Maderthaner

Areas visited: Orbost, Marlo, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Raymond Island, Mallacoota, Gipsy Point, Cape Conran Coastal Park, Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve, Lake Tyers Forest Park, Snowy River National Park, Buchan Caves Reserve, Croajingolong National Park, The Lakes National Park, Alfred National Park, Bemm River Reserve.

For more pics go to: https://www.echidnawalkabout.com.au/wildlife-journey-maximum-wildlife-10-to-16-october-2018/

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey Maximum Wildlife Species Checklist October 2018

Wildlife Journey 26 to 29 November 2017

Highlights of this journey to far East Gippsland:  lots of reptiles – including Goanna (Lace Monitor Varanus varius), Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis), Black Rock Skink (Egernia saxatilis), Yellow-bellied Water Skink (Eulamprus heatwolei), Delicate Skink (Lampropholis delicata), Jacky Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus), Gippsland Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii howittii) – and mammals: Platypus (Ornithorhychus anatinus), Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), Bare-nosed Wombat (Vombatus ursinus). Plus 140 species of birds including White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea), Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris), Sanderling (Calidris alba), Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti),  Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) and Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa).

Wildlife Guide: Martin Maderthaner

Areas visited: Orbost, Marlo, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Beach, Raymond Island, Cape Conran Coastal Park, Cabbage Tree Palms Reserve, Lake Tyers Forest, Snowy River National Park, Buchan Caves Reserve, Croajingolong National Park, The Lakes National Park.

 

East Gippsland Wildlife Journey species list November 2017

 

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East Gippsland Wildlife Journey species list November 2017

Reptiles of East Gippsland

Reptiles of East Gippsland

Full List of Reptiles of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

East Gippsland, Victoria has 50 native extant (living) reptile species.  They represent 8 families in 1 order.  East Gippsland comprises only 0.3% of Australia’s total area, but is home to over 5% of her reptiles.  Most of the major types of Australian reptiles are present in this region: 3 dragons, 1 python, 1 side-necked tortoise, 1 marine turtle, 11 front-fanged snakes, 1 legless lizard, 30 skinks and 2 monitors.

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Read more about why East Gippsland is such a hotspot for reptiles here.

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Conservation Status in Victoria is noted beside each threatened species thus: CR: Critically Endangered EN: Endangered VU: Vulnerable NT: Near Threatened DD: Data Deficient

Jacky Dragon Amphibolus muricatus on fence post, Orbost East Gippsland
Jacky Lizard basking at Orbost, East Gippsland

REPTILES Order Reptilia

Family: Agamidae Dragon lizards (3 out of 70 species in Australia)

Amphibolurus muricatus Jacky Lizard

Physignathus lesueurii howittii Gippsland Water Dragon

Rankinia diemensis Mountain Heath Dragon

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Family: Boidae Pythons (1 out of 14 species in Australia)

Morelia spilota Diamond Python EN

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Family: Chelidae Side-necked Tortoises (1 out of 26 species in Australia)

Chelodina longicollis Long-necked Turtle DD

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Family: Dermochelyidae Marine Turtles

Dermochelys coriacea Leathery Turtle Leatherback Turtle CR

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Family: Elapidae Front fang snakes (10 out of 90 species in Australia)

Acanthophis antarcticus Common Death Adder

Austrelaps ramsayi Highland Copperhead

Austrelaps superbus Lowland Copperhead

Cryptophis nigrescens Eastern Small-eyed Snake

Drysdalia coronoides White-lipped Snake

Notechis scutatus Tiger Snake

Pseudechis porphyriacus Red-bellied Black Snake

Pseudonaja nuchalis Gwardar

Pseudonaja textilis Eastern Brown Snake

Suta suta Curl Snake

Hydrophis platurus Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

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Family: Pygopodidae Legless lizards (1 out of 38 species in Australia)

Pygopus lepidopodus Common Scaly-foot

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Family: Scincidae Skinks (30 out of 393 species in Australia)

Acritoscincus duperreyi Eastern Three-lined Skink

Acritoscincus platynotum Red-throated Skink

Ctenotus taeniolatus Copper-tailed Comb-eared Skink

Ctenotus taeniolatus Buchan East Gippsland
Copper-tailed Skink Ctenotus taeniolatus at Buchan, East Gippsland

Cyclodomorphus casuarinae She-oak skink

Cyclodomorphus michaeli Mainland She-oak Skink  NT

Cyclodomorphus praealtus Alpine She-oak Skink

Egernia cunninghami Cunninghams Rock Skink

Egernia saxatilis Black Rock Skink

Skink on rock facing viewer
Black Rock Skink at Mallacoota, East Gippsland

Eulamprus heatwolei Heatwoles Water Skink

Eulamprus kosciuskoi Alpine Water Skink  CR

Eulamprus quoyii Eastern Water Skink

Eulamprus tympanum Highland Water Skink

Hemiergis decresiensis Three-toed Earless-skink

Lampropholis delicata Garden Sun-skink

Lampropholis guichenoti Guichenots Sun-skink

Lerista bougainvillii Bougainvilles Slider

Liopholis whitii White’s Skink

Lissolepis coventryi Eastern Mourning Skink/Swamp Skink VU

Menetia greyii Common Dwarf-skink

Nannoscincus maccoyi McCoy’s Skink

Niveoscincus coventryi Snow-skink

Pseudemoia cryodroma Grass Skink EN

Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii Southern Grass Skink

Pseudemoia pagenstecheri Tussock Skink VU

Pseudemoia rawlinsoni Glossy Grass Skink

Pseudemoia spenceri Spencers Grass Skink

Saproscincus mustelinus Weasel Skink

Tiliqua nigrolutea Blotched-Blue-Tongued Lizard

Tiliqua rugosus Shingleback

Tiliqua scincoides Eastern-Blue-Tongued Lizard

Bluetongue lizard with tongue out in East Gippsland
Eastern Bluetongue at Orbost, East Gippsland

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Family: Varanidae Monitors (2 out of 26 species in Australia)

Varanus gouldii Sand Monitor

Varanus varius Lace Monitor EN

Lace Monitor with tongue out, East Gippsland
Goanna (Lace Monitor) with tongue out, Cape Conran East Gippsland

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This list has been compiled from:
Atlas of Living Australia:  http://www.ala.org.au
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities: https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/pages/4ca9be05-f0b4-45d3-b5c6-487cfd96c4ca/files/species-vic-east-gippsland.pdf
and the Land Conservation Council East Gippsland Area Review 1985
If any reptiles are missing, please contact janine@echidnawalkabout.com.au