|Central Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps, near Coober Pedy, South Australia.|
|Spotted Military Dragon Ctenophorus maculatus, near Cue, central Western Australia.|
|Ctenotus brooksi Kata Tjuta NP, central Australia.|
This is one of dozens of members of this genus, many of them desert-dwellers.
|Gidgee Skink Egernia stokesii, Whyalla Conservation Park, South Australia.|
A large skink which lives in ironstone-rich rock crevices; if threatened it puffs itself up to wedge itself
into a crevice, and presents its spiny tail.
|Hitherto unidentified (ie by me!) skink, Lacy Creek Reserve near Mission Beach, north Queensland.|
Any suggestions welcomed.
|Lowland Copperhead, Bruny Island, southern Tasmania.|
|Anaconda Eunectes murinus, Yasuní NP, Ecuadorian Amazonia.|
This magnificent animal (whose head is just visible in the centre of the coils) was resting on floating
vegetation at the edge of a lake.
|Striped Bronzeback Tree Snake Dendrelaphis caudolineatus Labuk Bay, Sabah.|
This elegant colubrid (back-fanged venomous snake) is common in the region.
|Grasshopper, Kings Canyon, central Australia.|
|Double Drummer Cicada Thopha saccata, Nowra, New South Wales.|
It is quite possible that these colours are such an attempt at protection by mimicry; most cicadas
are avidly sought by predatory birds.
|Bullant Myrmecia sp., Currarong, New South Wales.|
No bluff required here - bullant stings rate very highly on scales of 'sting pain'.
|Yellow Admiral Vanessa itea Mount Granya NP, Victoria; please bear in mind that I didn't name it!|
I love the gradation of rich rufous tones.
|Antanartia sp. (I think) Family Nymphalidae, Bwindi Impenetrable NP Uganda.|
Again, subtle and rich.
|This huge snail came out in the rain at Rio Silanche Reserve, north-east of Quito, Ecuador.|
I don't always think of snails as colourful, but this one certainly qualified.
|Millipede, Yasuní NP, Amazonia/|
I hope you've enjoyed this coppery ride as much as I have; I've come to realise that these tones are high among my favourite colours, and of course any animal is among my favourites!