Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers' Cabin
Frogs and Reptiles

Boyd's Forest Dragon

Green-eyed Tree-frog

Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko

Ornate Nursery Frog

Orange-thighed Tree-frogs

Ornate Burrowing Frog( photo by Bill Midgley)

Lace Monitor

photo by Lorraine Harris

Northern Dwarf Crowned Snake



all photos taken on our property


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 common and 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 lose 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.

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

Orange-thighed Tree Frog

Litoria rubella

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   
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   






 Carpet Python

Green-eyed Tree-frog