AUSTRALIA
2000


"The Pilbara Cobra"

Strelley River, Pilbara,
Western Australia

 

With some of the Warralong Community, we drove back to some mine-workings on the Strelley River, about half-way back to Port Hedland, but a recent fire had destroyed the vegetation and we found little of interest except a Military sand dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis isolepis) and a Unarmed dragon (Ctenophorus inermis). We also found a Desert spadefoot toad (Notaden nichollsii).

 

Military sand dragon
Ctenophorus isolepis isolepis
Unarmed dragon
Ctenophorus inermis

We drove back towards Warralong in the fading lights and lanterned for snakes on the road. We did rather well, two Desert death adders (Acanthophis pyrrhus) and four Moon snakes (Furina ornata), a small elapid that did seem to hood a little when disturbed. We also caught another Burton's snake-lizard (Lialis burtonis) out on the sandy road hunting skinks.

A snake on the road, on this occasion a
Moon snake, Furina ornata

 

Desert death adder
Acanthophis pyrrhus
Desert death adder
Acanthophis pyrrhus
Moon snake
Furina ornata
adult
Moon snake
Furina ornata
subadult
Moon snake
Furina ornata
juvenile