Boyd's Forest Dragon
Boyd's Forest Dragon

Frogs and Reptiles

Our creek and the thick moist layer of mulch in the forest provide a habitat for frogs all year round. From the tiny Ornate Nursery Frogs, that are “beeping” all over the forest, to the big Barred Frogs, with their deep croak, we have at least 12 frog species on our property.

Waterdragons (agame lizards) have their favourite spots along the creek. Boyd’s Forest Dragons are easiest seen when they are sleeping at night. During the day they have the habit of moving to the far side of “their” tree trunk, when one approaches them. And they often see you before you spot them!

The Northern Leaf-tailed Geckos emerge from their hiding places, often under loose bark, in the evenings and spend a lot of their time clinging to the tree trunk in an upside-down position. They rely on their excellent camouflage, and usually stay put, even if you get close.

Of course, we have a few monitor lizards, too, many small skinks and several species of snakes.

In the larger, deeper sections of the creek you may also spot a turtle or two.

The following list is not complete, but will give you an idea of what you may see around the Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers’ Cabin:

FROGS AND REPTILES (observed on our property)


Family Lymnodynastidae
Striped Marsh Frog           Lymnodynastes peronii
Ornate Burrowing Frog    Platyplectrum ornatum

Family Myobatrachidae
Northern Barred Frog       Mixophyes schevilli

Family Hylidae
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog      Litoria fallax
Common Green Tree Frog   Litoria caerulea
Green-eyed Tree Frog           Litoria serrata
Dainty Green Tree Frog        Litoria gracilenta
Stony Creek Frog                   Litoria junguy
Red Tree Frog                         Litoria rubella 
Orange-thighed Tree Frog   Litoria xanthomera

Family Microhylidae
Southern Ornate Nursery Frog     Cophixalus australis
Robust Whistling Frog            Austrochaperina robusta
and also the introduced CaneToad    Bufo marinus  

Saw-shelled Turtle                  Elseya latisternum
Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko  Saltuarius cornutus
Two-lined Dragon                   Diporiphora bilineata 
Boyd’s Forest Dragon            Hypsilurus boydii
Eastern Water Dragon           Physignatus lesueurii
Shade Skink                             Saproscincus basiliscus                                                  Pink-tongued Skink                Cyclodomorphus gerrardii
Spotted Tree Monitor            Varanus scalaris
Lace Monitor                           Varanus varius
Carpet Python                         Morelia spilota
Common Tree Snake             Dendrelaphis punctulata
Keelback                                  Tropidonophis mairii
Northern Dwarf Crowned Snake – Cacophis churchilli
Yellow-faced Whipsnake        Demansia psammophis
Small-eyed Snake                    Cryptophis nigrescens
Marsh Snake                            Hemiaspis signata
Red-bellied Black Snake         Pseudechis porphyriacus 
Rough-scaled Snake                Tropidechis carinatus

All photos taken on our property