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Author Topic: looking for herping tours  (Read 3260 times)

Offline callie90

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2014, 09:48:01 AM »
yer we are old enough to drive.
we do go walking in the bush but we just don't see anything. I have seen a blue tongue once and that's it.
we obviously don't have the eyes for spotting things I dunno.
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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2014, 10:00:26 AM »
yer we are old enough to drive.
we do go walking in the bush but we just don't see anything. I have seen a blue tongue once and that's it.
we obviously don't have the eyes for spotting things I dunno.

Don't be mistaken. It can be hard work. Most people don't go out and just find hundreds of animals. You have to take note of the conditions and environment. I'll drive 4 hours and see 15 animals. I'll do the exact drive the next night same time and see nothing.
You just have to keep putting in the time and effort.

Finding rubbish in the bush is handy too. Lifting sheets of tin or old fencing often produces reptiles.

Dawn and dusk are better than mid day. For most reptiles other than monitors it gets too hot during the day. 

Buy and read some of the books by Brian Bush. They cover some herping techniques for perth.

Young kids with a passion for reptiles find a lot of things. It's because they put the time and energy into it. There are two young blokes I've noticed on FB who are doing really well. Their FB page is: HERP WA. https://m.facebook.com/pages/Herp-WA-Reptile-Edu/158842830954235?id=158842830954235&_rdr

Then there's the seasoned veterans out there who know where to finding things they target. This again is from countless hours spent in the bush and spotting at night.

Like you, when I first moved to WA I didn't find much when I went looking. I was used to looking for birds more than reptiles. I wondered how do people comeback from trips with so many photos. Then with time and practice I started finding more.  But like I said, with time you too will start finding a few things. Sometimes you have a good night other times you've wasted $100 of petrol and a nights sleep.
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Offline callie90

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2014, 07:48:05 PM »
ok thankyou will start trying to go out in the times you say. so under like old car parts and things like that or probably not?
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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2014, 07:19:34 AM »
ok thankyou will start trying to go out in the times you say. so under like old car parts and things like that or probably not?

Yeah lift anything that a lizard or snake could shelter under. Just be careful when lifting that you aren't in striking range should there be a snake underneath.

Night driving is far easier. Try driving around some of the back roads around canning reserve or jarahdale Forrest just after sun set.

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2014, 10:46:29 AM »
While we are on the subject does anyone know any good roads to drive down around dusk in the tapping/wanneroo area, there is a wet lands just down the road from me where i have gone for walks many times and found a dugite, a sand monitor, a bob tail, a blue tongue, and i know there are several black-tailed monitors down there but i have not been able to find one yet, would love to do some road spotting though, i make the drive up to yanchep a bit so have been up wanneroo road but have been going to quick to see anything, it looks good though.

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2014, 11:55:36 AM »
Not many roads worth spotting around wanneroo these days. Even yanchep is pretty empty. I'm up near you. But I always head an hour or two north or east to go spotting. High traffic roads like wanneroo have pretty much killed off everything. You'll still find a few Burton's and spiney tailed gex on old yanchep road though.

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2014, 12:25:30 PM »
Yeah i was pretty dissapointed with what i have seen on the roads going up to Yanchep i have made the trip several times in the past few years always in the afternoon/evening and have only ever seen a couple of lizards nothing else, i will try old yanchep road though thanks for that tip. 

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2014, 08:55:48 PM »
At this time of year flipping rubbish needs to be done early< 7AM and its still a bit hit and miss. I think Thursday night should be pretty good, check the weather forecast It may have been later in the week but one day had min night temp of low to mid 20s with cloud/humidity. Head into the Byford hills area hit the high beams and 60 kmh once you get an eye for it 70-80ks is a good speed. You may find Parasuta, Tigers, Dugites, Adders, blind snakes, Thick Tails, Diplo's, burtons, Crapets.

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2014, 10:47:43 AM »
ok ok so cooler nights is a better time to go looking?
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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2014, 11:50:59 AM »
ok ok so cooler nights is a better time to go looking?

If you consider mid 20s at the middle of the night to be cool :P

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2014, 08:13:13 PM »
oh ok lol so low 20s high teens
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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2014, 10:51:37 PM »
No warm is better.

Mid 20's is quite a warm night time temp, thats not to say stuff won't move in cooler weather particularly geckos.

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2014, 03:07:41 PM »
ok so mid 20s when its starting to get dark?
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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2014, 08:26:35 PM »
Yeah
Tomorrow should be a good night if the storms happen, particularly if there is no wind in the evening Im probably going to go spotting in the hills or maybe re photograph turtle frogs on the coastal plain.

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Re: looking for herping tours
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2014, 09:28:27 PM »
doh didn't read this until too late damn
2 x South West Carpet Pyphon - Gucci and Viti
1 x Pilbara Stimson Python - Versaci
1 x Woma Python - Armani
3 x Western Bearded Dragons - Male Lazi, 2 females Abbi and Pixi

Soon to be a black headed pyphon hatchling and olive pyphon hatchling

 

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