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Author Topic: Australian varanus from a few of my Trips  (Read 810 times)

Offline applin

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Australian varanus from a few of my Trips
« on: May 21, 2017, 09:12:11 AM »
I Thought I would share some Photos Of varanus species I have taken from my three trips herping Wa and the top end. Alot of my time was spent in the Pilbara where i was lucky enough to find my target species Varanus hamersleyensis and Pilbarenis along with some strange looking acanthrus.
Pilbara:
Varanus acanthrus all from the hamersey ranges
Varanus acanthurus- Pilbara by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus acanthurus-Pilbara by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus acanthurus by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus Hamersleyenis
Varanus hamersleyensis by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus hamersleyensis by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus panoptes rubidus
Varanus panoptes rubidus by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus panoptes rubidus by chris applin, on Flickr

From marble bar varanus pilbarensis
Varanus pilbarensis by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus bushi from munjina Pilbara
Varanus bushi by chris applin, on Flickr

After spending time in the Pilbara I headed north to Broome and the start of the Kimberlys My target species where banded Varanus scalaris which I didn't manage to find and of course Varanus varanus glauerti, which i have been lucky enough to find on both my trips to the kimberly.

Varanus tristis Broome
Varanus tristis by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus tristis by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus Glauerti Kunnunurra
Varanus glauerti by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus glauerti by chris applin, on Flickr

From Kununurra I headed Towards Darwin Hoping to Find Varanus Kingorum on my way After looking long and hard in wyndham and kununnarra and turning up nothing but Scolopendra I wasnt feeling hopeful, But after a few hours searching I managed to get one and then another

Varanus kingorum by chris applin, on Flickr

Varanus kingorum by chris applin, on Flickr

Heading up to Darwin The next target species was varanus baritji ,on a previous trip I hadn't managed to get one putting it down to being to dry I hoped that recent rain would bring them out After a short look I manged to get this stunning male
Varanus baritji by chris applin, on Flickr

I wish now I had looked for longer in the hope that i might of found varanus primordius

Travelling up further I was told by a freind of a spot that varanus mertensi often hung out at I have been to the spot twice in 2 years and there always seems to be one there A good sign that they are bouncing back after the toad invasion.
Varanus mertensi by chris applin, on Flickr

I hope you have enjoyed my post and I Must say a big thanks to Dave Mackintosh for helping me on my very first trip Also Andrew for taking the time to give advice, Lastly brian bush for all the help i needed finding bushi and help with many aspects of herping.
cheers
chris

Offline adderboy

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Re: Australian varanus from a few of my Trips
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 10:47:12 AM »
Great post and some excellent shots there. Not sure I have a favourite but the first shot of the panoptes is pretty cool, as are the tristis pics.

I was going to ask you if you had sent the v. bushi shot to the man himself until I read you had checked it out with him, so I guess you have.

Cheers,
S

Offline Nero Egernia

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Re: Australian varanus from a few of my Trips
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2017, 06:10:46 PM »
Great photos. I particularly like the shot of the Merten's Water Monitor. It ticks all the right boxes.

 

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