Recently I helped out a friend who’s doing some work on turtles. We went snorkelling for Elseya irwini and, thanks to calm water and great visibility, tracked down a bunch of them within minutes of entering the water. Just as well, because I’m a total pansy when it comes to cold water.
We also went snorkelling for Fitzroy River turtles (Rheodytes leukops), but recent rains in the catchment had caused the river to rise and the turbidity to go through the roof. We gave up on snorkelling and instead went spotlighting at night out of the boat. We managed to see three Rheodytes, but I wasn’t able to get any photos of them. I’ll need to go back for that later.
I also took the opportunity to photograph some little brown skinks, including a lively skink (Carlia vivax) in the front yard while waiting to be picked up.
Running reptick total: 345
Rheodytes leukops (no photo)