Ellura Sanctuary, Swan Reach, SA, 5354
    
A gr8 pictorial reptile key - http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/research/biological-sciences/reptiles-and-amphibians/south-australian-reptile-keys
Stat'NotesThumbnails: 110.   20 native species listed, with 16 from Ellura
Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Reptile (Reptilia)
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Dragon
Agamidae
Nobbi Dragon
Amphibolurus nobbi
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Other Common NamesNobbi Lashtail or Nobbi Lizard

Grey with a pale brown star pattern around the eye.
2 silver grey stripes down the back with diamond breaks.
Large rear legs (almost frog like) with very long toes.
Jacky Lizards are hard to tell from Nobbi Lizards.
We don't get Jacky's in our area.
Juvenile, Back
Juvenile, with Tick -EXTRA-
Adult, Back Scales
Adult, Eye & Ear
Adult, Head
Adult, Back Patterns
Adult, Whole Profile
Adult, Full Back
Adult, with Shadows -EXTRA-
Adult, Flash Fill -EXTRA-
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Dragon
Agamidae
Painted Dragon
Ctenophorus pictus
LC
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Painted dragons are a beautifully coloured, small, dragon lizard native to Australia.
Females are plain brown coloured.
Males come in 4 colour morphs: Blue, Orange, Red & Yellow colours. All male morphs have blue belly & legs. The Blue morphs have a blue throat with white / brown cheeks like females.
Video:
Painted Dragon feet off the hot ground (14Mb)
Painted Dragon hunting ants (10Mb)
Clearly dinner has to be small because this little dragon wasn't interested in eating the ant climbing on it (8Mb)
For years I have tried showing hour camouflaged animals are with photo's and it just doesn't work. Marie has now succeeded with video (4Mb)
A clip showing the motion of a painted dragon as it captures it's prey. (5Mb)
A clip showing the motion of a painted dragon as it captures it's prey. (21Mb)
A clip showing the motion of a painted dragon as it scratches (We think it has a tick near it's eye). (6Mb)
Amazing how close I got to a Painted Dragon (6Mb)
Juvenile Whole
Juvenile Head
Juvenile Back
Female
Orange Morph, Male, Profile
Yellow Morph, Male, Front
Yellow Morph, Male Back
Yellow Morph, Male Head
Blue Morph, Male, Front
Blue Morph, Male, Profile
Blue Morph, Male, Tail Raised
Blue Morph, Male, Poser
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Dragon
Agamidae
Eastern Bearded Dragon
Pogona barbata
LC
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Similar Species: Central Bearded Dragon
These are very difficult to distinguish with the Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
These have a curved spine line (behind the head) and many flank spines (not just one or 2 rows). One of the difficulties is that the skin has folds in the side. They can blow themselves up to look larger, or sitting normally the folds of skin bring the flank spines closer together.
They are very variable in size, colour and attributes. We think the majority of these variations are due to age, environment & health. Suspecting the larger, more colourful specimens being older; and the smaller, grey ones being younger.
Another indicator is that P barbata have yellow mouths, while P vitticeps have pink.
Video:
Eastern Bearded Dragon, slinking away. Notice the head looks like a stump in the ground while it's scanning the area (11Mb)
Arrived under the trailer
"Oh they can see me"
"They can't see me now"
Head
Dorsal
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Dragon
Agamidae
Central Bearded Dragon
Pogona vitticeps
LC
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Similar Species: Eastern Bearded Dragon
Thank you Darren Schmitke for identifying this species for us
 
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Venomous snake
Elapidae
Eastern Brown Snake
Pseudonaja textilis
LC
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Thank you Matt Campbell for confirming the identification of this species
 
Juvenile, head -EXTRA-
Juvenile, whole -EXTRA-
Adult, head
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Gecko
Gekkonidae
Southern Rock Dtella
Gehyra lazelli
LC
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Notice the unusual toes for Gehyra.
They appear to have suction pads AND still one claw in the middle of each toe.
Only 4 toes, of 5, have a claw (on each foot)
Whole
Head
Toe, ventral -EXTRA-
Whole, dorsal
Whole (almost), profile
Head, dorsal
Head, profile
Rear Toes -EXTRA-
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Gecko
Gekkonidae
Bynoe's Gecko
Heteronotia binoei
LC
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Thank you Matt Campbell for confirming the identification of this species
 
Whole (almost), dorsal
Head
Back
Tail
Tail Texture
Front Foot
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Gecko
Gekkonidae
Barking Gecko
Underwoodisaurus milii
LC
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SynonymNephrurus milii

Other Common NameThick-Tailed Gecko
 
Whole, profile
Head, profile
Head, above
Perspective
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Flap-footed Lizards
Pygopodidae
Burton's Legless Lizard
Lialis burtonis
LC
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Other Common NameBurton's Snake-lizard
 
Head
Whole
Tongue
Back
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Python
Pythonidae
Inland Carpet Snake
Morelia spilota ssp metcalfei
RA
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Defensive
Head
Body
Tail
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Speckled Wall Skink
Cryptoblepharus pannosus
LC
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SynonymCryptoblepharus carnabyi

Other Common NameRagged snake-eyed skink

Similar Species: South-eastern Morethia Skink
Thank you David Armstrong for identifying this species for us
 
Whole, dorsal
Whole, profile
Legs & Toes
Head, profile
Head, above
Head, anterior
Coming out of hiding
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Eastern Spotted Ctenotus
Ctenotus orientalis
LC
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Extremely fast. Very hard to see, let alone photograph.
Video:
Moving (6Mb)
Hunting for insects. (18Mb)
Front
Profile
Back
Head
On the Move
Oops -EXTRA-
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Three-toed Earless Skink
Hemiergis decresiensis
LC
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Similar Species: Dwarf Three-toed Slider  
Whole
Head
Front Leg
Back Legs
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Copperhead Skink
Lampropholis guichenoti
RA
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Other Common NamesGarden Skink or Pale-flecked Garden Sunskink

Thank you Matt Campbell for identifying this species for us
 
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Dwarf Three-toed Slider
Lerista timida
LC
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Other Common NameTimid slider

Similar Species: Three-toed Earless Skink
Thank you Darren Schmitke for helping with the identification of this species
 
Head
Whole
Back
Front Foot
Back Legs
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
South-eastern Morethia Skink
Morethia boulengeri
LC
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Other Common NamesBoulenger's Skink, Common Snake-eye or Firetail Skink

Similar Species: Speckled Wall Skink  
Video:
Going through some leaf litter - it's on the left. (6Mb)
Head
Back Pattern
Ventral -EXTRA-
Climbing
Full Length
Profile
Copper Colour -EXTRA-
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Shingleback
Tiliqua rugosa
LC
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Other Common NamesStumpy, bobtail or sleepy.

Very variable in colour. Also called "stumpy" due to its short fat tail, or "Sleepy" cause they are often seen sleeping on roads, but they can move pretty quickly!
If they feel threatened they will gape their mouth at you to bite and keep turning to face you if you circle them.
Back, Brown
Profile, Big, Black & Yellow
Head
Mating
Blue Tongue Pink Mouth
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Skink
Scincidae
Eastern Blue-tongue
Tiliqua scincoides ssp scincoides
LC
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Other Common NamesCommon Blue-tongue or Eastern Bluetongue
 
Head, profile -EXTRA-
Head, above, showing tongue
Body & Front Leg
Tail & Back Leg
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Blind Snake
Typhlopidae
Rough-nosed Blind Snake
Anilios bituberculatus
LC
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SynonymRamphotyphlops

Other Common NameProng-snouted Blind Snake

Thank you Darren Schmitke for helping with the identification of this species

Went to go to the loo and was frightened by this little fellow.
At first we were concerned it was a baby brown.
It looked like a very large, very active worm. This was a strong hint it was a blind snake, but we weren't taking any chances.
These are non-venomous.
Darren says the brown spot on it's back is probably due to a previous injury.
Unlike their common name suggests they aren't quite blind. They burrow and live underground, so have a scale covering each eye for protection, but it is beleived they can still determine light levels and possibly general shapes.
Whole, on our outside door mat
Dark spot, from a healed injury
Head, showing covered eye & scales
Tongue
Scaled Reptile
Squamata
Goanna
Varanidae
Sand Goanna
Varanus gouldii ssp gouldii
LC
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More colourful when younger, turning more grey as they age.
Young, Whole, back
Young, Front
Large, Whole
Whole, profile
Whole, posing
Whole, running
Head
Tongue
Whole, camouflaged

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