Desert Dash to Alice Springs and beyond By Nathan | March 19, 2014 - 1:45 PM | Uncategorized Leave a comment I have just returned from a quick trip to Alice Springs where my good mate Pip was kind enough to lend his car. So I’ll share some pictures with you. It was only a short trip of two nights and loads of driving. A differently coloured knob tailed gecko (Nephurus laevissimus) The other common frog after rain is the giant burrowing frog (Cyclorana australis). This species tackles large prey such as grasshoppers and other frogs. I was lucky enough to find this Western brown snake (Pseudonaja mengdeni) out and about after dark. An extremely venomous snake with a short temper it soon settled down for some pictures. This knob tailed gecko (Nephurus laevissimus) is found on the sandy, spinifex dominated dunes. Gillen’s tree frogs (Litoria gilleni) are a true desert frog found in rocky gorges only in the vicinity of Alice Springs. At Ellery Creek just west of Alice Springs, the Stimson’s pythons were hunting among the rocks. As usual after rain, the desert spadefoots (Notaden nichollsi) were out in force. This one was emerging from the sand 100km north of Tennant Creek. Desert tree frogs (Litoria rubella) may be Australia’s most widespread frog, though evidence suggests they may be a complex of similar species. This mottled form is the norm in the Alice region. North of Tennant, this burowing frog (Cyclorana cultripes) was hunting after the rain.