What a Glorious night

It was a stinking hot day yesterday (I’m sure the jolly fat man would have been sweating buckets in that fleecy suit of his) followed by an afternoon storm. That often brings out the reptiles and frogs. So I went up to Mt Glorious with a friend and a camera and we just cruised the roads looking for some (reptile) action. The air temperature was still a bit cool after the rain, and unfortunately we didn’t see any reptiles. Well, no live ones at least:

Eastern water dragon
Roadkilled eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii)

We did see a few frogs hopping across the road, and a lot of cane toads. Most of the frogs we saw were great barred-frogs, Mixophyes fasciolatus:

Greater barred frog
Great barred-frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus)

We couldn’t get all the way up the Mt Glorious road as a large(ish) tree had fallen down and was blocking the road. I tried to convince my friend to get out and shift it, but after quickly sizing it up he declined.

I spent Christmas day with family down at Murwillimbah. The house I was at is right on a large creek, so a friend and I paddled up the creek for several hours. At the deeper water holes we’d jump in and snorkel around. I caught two freshwater turtles (Emydura sp.) and I think I heard a water dragon plop into the water.

About Stewart Macdonald

I'm a wildlife ecologist living and working in Queensland, Australia. I spend most of my time in the bush finding and photographing wildlife.
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