Lamington National Park

Recently I spent a day up at Lamington National Park with some friends of mine. We’d gone up there to look for a small, brown, nondescript species of skink called Harrisoniascincus zia. I’ve nicknamed it the Solo skink, because the people who came up with the name Harrisoniascincus were Star Wars fans. While they officially named the skink after “the late Dr Launcelot Harrison, of Sydney University, N.S.W.”, I reckon they had someone else on their minds. We managed to find the Solo skink, plus a bunch of other species.

The highlight of the trip was seeing Coeranoscincus reticulatus. This is a species of reduced-limbed, fossorial skink that I’ve wanted to see for a while. A friend of mine had told me of a walking track up at Lamington that was a good spot to find them of an evening. I’ve done a fair bit of walking around at Lamington at night (mainly looking for geckos), but had never seen a Coeranoscinus. On this last trip, we’d started walking down a track to try to find a basking red-bellied black snake some other visitors had told us about. We got to the spot where the snake had last been seen, but it was no longer there. It was now about 5 PM, and on the way back up the track we came across three Coeranoscincus reticulatus crossing the path. Top stuff!

Coastal carpet python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli)
Coastal carpet python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli)

Marsh snake (Hemiaspis signata)
Marsh snake (Hemiaspis signata)

Rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)
Rainforest dragon or southern angle-headed dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)

Harrisoniascincus zia, Solo skink (Harrisoniascincus zia)

Harrisoniascincus zia, Solo skink (Harrisoniascincus zia)
Solo skink (Harrisoniascincus zia)

Murray's skink (Eulamprus murrayi)
Murray’s skink (Eulamprus murrayi )

Murray's skink (Eulamprus murrayi)
Murray’s skink (Eulamprus murrayi)

Murray's skink (Eulamprus murrayi)
Murray’s skink (Eulamprus murrayi)

Land mullet (Egernia major)

Land mullet (Egernia major)
Land mullet (Egernia major)

Coeranoscincus reticulatus

Coeranoscincus reticulatus

Coeranoscincus reticulatus

Coeranoscincus reticulatus
Coeranoscincus reticulatus

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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3 Responses to Lamington National Park

  1. Warren says:

    Some nice shots in there, Stu. Can we expect them on FHF?

    I checked out your YouTube channel. Good job on the sunset time lapse. I like the fire video too – guys who are tough enough to set themselves on fire can pull their pants as high as they want ;-D

    Cheers,

    Warren

  2. Stewart says:

    Thanks Warren! I have difficulty remembering where I’ve posted pictures. I know that Lee and David have posted on FHF pics from this day, but maybe I haven’t done it yet.

    As for your pants comment: I totally agree with your sentiments!

    Stewart

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