In addition to venturing further afield, I’ve been poking around some local areas of late. Living in Townsville puts me close to a variety of interesting biomes, such as the Barrier Reef, the brigalow belt, the wet tropics, and the Mitchell grass downs (not that there’s anything interesting out there).
But sometimes one only needs to look as far as one’s lounge room to see something new and exciting. While sitting on the couch and chatting to a mate recently, I noticed an Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) running around the wall. Being common, I thought nothing of it. But my mate (who apparently doesn’t read my blog) wanted to move it outside, so he grabbed it. I’m glad he did, because it turned out to be a mourning gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris), and reptick 351 for me. I often use the phrase ‘armchair tick’ to denote a reptick that I’ve made without leaving my house. This is generally because a species has been split, and I’ve seen both the old species and the new one. But sitting on the couch and getting a reptick brings new meaning to the phrase!
I’ve also spent a couple of nights driving about an hour out of town to see what I can find. Turns out I can find a few things, including reptick 352, the northern velvet gecko (Oedura castelnaui).
Poking around in local backyards has yielded a few interesting creatures, including a skink, a snake and butterfly.
One local I’ve been wanting to see is the stripe-tailed delma, Delma labialis. The closest I’ve come so far is photographing an injured animal that was brought into care by a friend of mine. I’m still on the lookout for a wild (and preferably complete) individual.
One hardly needs an excuse to head over to the strangely attractive Magnetic Island, but a friend’s birthday celebrations saw me island-bound. The festivities were the main reason I was there, but I couldn’t help but have a poke around for some things. I didn’t find the two main skinks I was chasing (yet another reason to return), but I did get to photograph an unusually coloured Carlia pectoralis.
Running total: 352