I have been doing a little gardening in the backyard and yesterday found another species of reptile in our garden! I am really sure it is a Sand-plain Worm Lizard – not a snake but a legless lizard. I just saw the tail and end of the body as it disappeared into the sand – it was grey colour with quite a thick body and blunt tail – it wasnt a worm. I didn’t get a photo but here is one that Brian Bush took – source is from his website – Snakes Harmful and Harmless.
I also found 2 two-toed mulch skinks – so now I know there was at least one in the garden before I translocated one – see my other blog!
On another note I met Brian Bush a week or so ago – I had been trying to get a copy of one of his out of print field guides and found he had a copy for sale and I went to his house to pick it up. He is a real character with such a wealth of knowledge – he had a specimen of blind snake caught at Lake Cronin that he was taking to the museum as he thought it was new to science!
So anyway thats 4 species of reptile for my suburban garden that is mostly grass! I am quite pleased – I still don’t have a photo of the fence lizard or Buchanan’s snake-eyed skink but here is a couple I have taken from other places.
And for the final herps for today – I saw 5 oblong turtles in the lake next to my friends house. They get fed so visit from time to time – my son thought they were awesome.