Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wildlife

Wildlife

I was wondering what I was going to do for this challenge. Most of the wildlife I photograph seems to be birds lately. I did capture a picture of this lizard in my back garden a few months ago.

A scaly visitor

Here are a group of Japanese Macaques who live in an enclosure in City Park in Launceston. The babies were cute but hard to photograph as they were too busy playing to pose.

This is a potaroo, an Australian native marsupial animal that is related to the wallaby. When I was house sitting for a friend some years ago lots of them would come in to her garden to steal her vegetables and raspberry plants. I had to make sure that I secured the gates when I went to water the plants in the hothouse and the fenced in areas where she grew everything. The potaroos were not tame but they were unafraid of humans as you can see I could get quite close to this one.

image potaroo
A cheeky little potaroo
Potaroos foraging, Franklin Tasmania 2012

Snapshot Sunday: Garden Visitors of the Scaly Kind

Now the weather is warming up I’m seeing quite a few lizards in the garden.

Now the weather is warming up I’m seeing quite a few lizards in the garden. This one was relaxing by the pergola so I was able to get a few photos.

I have to admit that I am not sure what this is. I think it is too slender to be a Blue Tongued Lizard and is probably some variety of skink.

I found a description of the She-Oak Skink which seems rather similar to this one but as I know very little about reptiles I’d only be guessing. The Parks & Wildlife website where I went to look for descriptions of lizards uses a lot of big words and assumes you know something about reptiles. It did describe the She-Oak Skink as slender and snake-like which this one is. Once they started talking about¬†Frontoparietals and so on I was lost.

The She-Oak skink is native to Tasmania, similar skinks on the Australian mainland are a different species. Here’s a link to the Parks & Wildlife website.

http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=5308

If I made the right guess I was quite lucky to see it as these reptiles are not usually out in the open like that. They are described as having “secretive habits” a sort of cloak and dagger lizard I guess.