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moloch
01-29-2006, 06:03 AM
Greetings,

I am a new member who lives in Wollongong (New South Wales, Australia). Field herping is one of my passions. Last weekend, I travelled out to the Warrumbungle National Park, about an eight-hour drive from where I live. The Warrumbungles are an isolated mountain range west of the Great Dividing Range. They are forested with a variety of eucalyptus and native cypress pine.

The Warrumbungles are a geckophiles paradise. On one full evening of night-driving, I saw over 50 geckos of 6 species. Here are a couple of images of the habitat along the road:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c386/moloch05/warrumbungle%20national%20park/habitatgeckoroad.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c386/moloch05/warrumbungle%20national%20park/habitatgeckoroad3.jpg

One of the most interesting geckos was the Thick-tailed Gecko (Underwoodisaurus milii). Their body colouration varied from orange to brown. I saw eight of these on the drive. One of these, in particular, was huge (~220mm, 8.5").


Here were two with their original black-and-white banded tails:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c386/moloch05/warrumbungle%20national%20park/thick-tailedgecko5.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c386/moloch05/warrumbungle%20national%20park/thick-tailedgecko6.jpg


These two had regenerated tails. The gecko in the second photo was huge.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c386/moloch05/warrumbungle%20national%20park/thick-tailedgecko1.jpg

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c386/moloch05/warrumbungle%20national%20park/thick-tailedgecko3a.jpg

More to come in other posts.

Minhawali
01-29-2006, 06:16 AM
Welcome, mate.
The people here will love your Gecko pics.

Cheers,
Johan.

Sarah
01-29-2006, 06:22 AM
Welcome to the forum Moloch.

Wow! Love the photos. Keep them coming!

:0)

Ari
01-29-2006, 06:36 AM
welcome moloch

Great pics

Strophurus
01-29-2006, 06:57 AM
Hello, welcome to the forum, this seems again that there will be lots of good pictures here for the future.
keep posting.
regards stefan

Ken Bartenfeld
01-29-2006, 06:16 PM
Thanks for the pics! Those milii were just gorgeous, did you take pics of any other species of geckos?!

Thanks again!

repkyle
01-29-2006, 08:12 PM
Welcome. Those are great shots. We would love to see more.
Best Kyle.

Hazpat
01-29-2006, 11:58 PM
cool shots, thanks for the habitat pics, nice to see what type of area you see them in.
What temps do you see them out in?

Nathan Hall
01-30-2006, 02:42 AM
Glad to see you over here, David. Have you found U. sphyrurus in the field? Can't wait to hear about more of your adventures.

Jan Grathwohl
01-30-2006, 04:31 AM
Nice pictures - keep them coming :)

moloch
01-30-2006, 04:59 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the welcome.

Ken,
I have photos of several other species and I will posting these. Also, my son and I travelled through Western Australia last November. I have many gecko photos from that area and will post these as well.

Pat,
The temperature began at about 30C (86F) at 8:45pm but dropped to 20C (68F) by 1am when I stopped for the night. Geckos were still active at the time that I finished.

Nathan,
I have not yet searched for U. sphyrurus. Hopefully, I will have a chance to look for these next season up in the northern NSW.

Ken Bartenfeld
01-30-2006, 11:58 AM
Can't wait to see them!

jgjulander
01-30-2006, 02:30 PM
Great to see you here as well! Hope to see many more posts in the future.
Justin