Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eastern Water Dragon 31/03/12

Over the last few months we have been watching with interest, this beautiful young Eastern Water Dragon that is residing near a small pool of water in our creek.  Getting pictures of him has proven difficult as he darts under a rock into his little cave of safety very quickly.  The kids have affectionately  named him "Spotto".

"Spotto" the Eastern Water Dragon at Jarowair


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yellow-Faced Whip Snake 25/03/12

Yellow Faced Whip Snake at Jarowair this Sunday the 25th of March 2012. This is our first positive sighting of this snake.  I do believe that I have seen it in this location before, but at the time I didn't get a good look at the markings on its face.

Brendon spotted this one emerging from some rocks in the garden, while he was in the process of gardening nearby.

Yellow-faced Whip Snake emerging from the rocks 25/03/12

This Photo shows the yellow markings either side of the eye, hence its name Yellow-faced Whip Snake

You can see the brown colourings on the sides emerging.  Noted that it has had an injury of somesort also.

This Information from

Species name: Yellow-faced Whip Snake (Demansia psammophis)

Other Common names: Whip Snake, Grass Snake

Significance to Humans: Potentially Dangerous.
 especially if children involved.
 Bite may cause localised pain & severe symptoms. Apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.

General description: Very slender snake with long, thin whip-like tail. Large prominent eyes. Colour generally pale olive or bluish-grey, often with rusty flush or longitudinal stripes along front-third of body. Belly grayish-green, often yellowish under tail. Distinctive face markings. Obvious pale cream or yellow rim around eye, with dark comma-shaped marking curving back below eye. Dark bar or line with pale edges runs across front of snout from nostril-to-nostril. Scales smooth.
 Midbody scales at 15 rows.

Average Length: 65-70cm, but specimens up to 80cm have been recorded locally.

Habitat in SE Qld: Dry open areas, open forest, woodland, grassland and a frequent species around homes.

General habits: Swift-moving, alert, diurnal snake. Good vision, active hunter

Diet: Swift, fast-moving lizards such as skinks

This sighting brings us to #10 different snake species seen here at Jarowair :)

Enjoy the pictures!

Judi & Brendon

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Early Morning Boxing Kangaroo's 20/03/12

In the drizzling rain my son and I spotted these firery Boxing Kangaroo's from our Deck.  I raced to get the camera and had it on the wrong setting the first few photos, but managed a couple of poor pics through the rain, and the long distance from the house.  Took a little video on my little camera so I will aim to upload that also. This is not a sight often seen here, but it is the second time I have seen Boxing Roo's at Jarowair.  What a great start to the morning it was!


p.s Sorry about the poor quality of the pics, they were taken in the rain and from a fair distance, but I was still happy to get them!

This photo is of rather poor quality, but I just had to share it!  What a display they put on!

A New Skink at Our Patch 18/03/12

Brendon came across this Skink on the weekend while moving some dirt around in the garden.  I am yet to have a look in the reptile Id book, but thought I would post the pic anyway.  I have been a bit slack on the posting of late, but have still been taking the photos!!  Need a few rainy weekends to upload them all....  Judi.

UPDATED:  This is a Copper-tailed Skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus)