Reptiles are exciting animals and learning about them and their behaviour and finding them in the wild (or even your backyard) can be very exciting. People often think that all small skinks are the same; in fact there are many different species with some of the most amazing colours, stripes and external structures. Within a single species there may be great variety in colour and markings.
On Wodonga Nature Map you will find descriptions and photos of most species and tips on how to identify single species and where to find them.
By taking photos and reporting sightings you will be adding to our knowledge of these animals, many of which are threatened or rare. This is why we call it 'citizen science'. It is also a great way to enjoy nature and learn about the scientific study of nature.
Reptiles and frogs are divided into subgroups: Snakes , Skinks Dragons , Legless lizards Geckos , Monitors, Turtles and Frogs. It will take no time before you can tell the difference between groups and know the answer to many questions such as: how do you tell the difference between Legless lizards and snakes?
Happy Wodonga Nature Mapping of reptiles and frogs.
Taking photos of reptiles - Geoff Robertson
Here are some tips photographing reptiles?
Our aim on Wodonga Nature Map (CNM) is to discover what species we have in the Wodonga region and to map them. Hence the aim is not necessarily to take the perfectly posed photo, but to photo an animals so that it may be identified its species; several photos from different angles may be more appropriate. Even poor photos may be sufficient for identification in many cases.
As with any photography, knowing your subject, sneaking up on prey, having a good camera with a reasonable lens, patience etc all help.
Knowing your prey is important. Looking at the photos and descriptions on WCN may greatly assist your learning about groups of species and then how to distinguish closely related species from one another. Tips on identification may help you to focus on what part of the animal should be in the picture - with goannas for example, a photo of the whole animal and a photo of the tail should be sufficient for identification. Tips on the animal’s habitat will help you get a good feel about where to find particular species.
Unlike plants reptiles often scurry off. However, there is often an opportunity to take good photos. When I first observe an animal, I take a photo and then attempt to get closer and closer taking photos as I get closer. When I am out and about I am often ready with my camera and moving quietly to maximise opportunities. Knowing a little about animal behaviour and habitat also helps to look in the right places..
Caution needs to be exercised in approaching venomous animals and unless you are experienced don’t get close unless someone experienced is guiding you. Also in the excitement of seeing an animal be careful not to rush and trip or otherwise injure yourself.
hope this helps.