This dataset contains information about reptiles and frogs captured in live traps at multiple sites in the Simpson Desert, since 1990. Traps are 16 cm in diameter and 60 cm deep. To increase trap success, a drift fence of aluminium wire screening (flywire) was set around the top of each trap. The fence was 30 cm high and ran for 2.5 m on each side of the pitfall opening to intercept and guide surface-active animals into the trap. The bottom ends of the pits were provided with a floor of wire screening to prevent captured animals from digging their way out, and all pits were capped with metal lids when not in use. Pitfall traps were arrayed in grids covering 1 ha, with each grid comprising 6 lines of 6 traps spaced 20 m apart. The top line of traps was established on the dune crest and the bottom line 100 m distant in the dune valley.
Traps were opened for 1–6 nights on each grid at sampling intervals of usually 2–3 months and checked in the mornings and sometimes afternoons. Captured animals were identified, weighed, measured (snout-vent length, total length), and marked uniquely by toe clipping until 1993) or by ear notching (from 1994) before release.
This dataset contains the Species, Family and Common names for reptiles trapped. The date, grid, sex,jaw length, and mass are also recorded for each trapping.
The reptiles recorded include:
Ctenophorus clayey, Ctenophorus isolepis, Military Dragon (Ctenophorus nuchalis), Central Netted Dragon (Diporiphora winneckei), Lophognathus longirostris, Thorny devil (Moloch horridus), Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Tympanocryptis Sp, Woma (Aspidites ramsayi), Boidae, Stimson’s Python (Liasis stimsoni), Desert Death Adder (Acanthophis pyrrhus), Yellow-faced Whip Snake (Demansia psammophis), Elapids, Fierce Snake (Oxyuranus ,microlepidotus), King Brown Snake (Pseudechis australis), Ringed Brown Snake (Pseudonaja modesta), Western brown Snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis), Narrow-banded Snake (Simoselaps fasciolatus), Little Spotted Snake (Suta punctata), Clawless Gecko (Crenadactylus ocellatus), Spiny-tailed Gecko (Diplodactylus ciliaris), Fat-tailed Diplodactylus (Diplodactylus conspicillatus), Jewelled Gecko (Diplodactylus elderi), Diplodactylus stenodactylus, Geckos, Gehyra Montium Tree Dtella (Gehyra variegata), Bynoe's Gecko (Heteronotia binoei), Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum), Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis), Beaked Gecko (Rhynchoedura ornata), Cyclorana cultripes, Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella), Limnodynastes spenceri, Limnodynastes tasmaniensis, Trilling Frog (Neobatrachus centralis), Desert Spadefoot Toad (Notaden nichollsii), Delma Nasuta, Delma Tincta, Lialis burtonis, Pygopodid, Pygopus nigriceps, Cryptoblepharus sp, Ctenotus ariadne, Ctenotus brooksi, Ctenotus calurus, Ctenotus dux, Ctenotus helenae, Ctenotus lateralis, Ctenotus leae, Ctenotus leonhardii, Panther Skink (Ctenotus pantherinus), Ctenotus piankai, Ctenotus regius, Ctenotus schomburgkii, Desert Skink (Egernia inornata), Narrow-banded Sand Swimmer (Eremiascincus fasciolatus), Lerista aericeps, Lerista labialis, Lerista xanthura, Menetia greyii, Menetia maini, Morethia ruficauda, Notoscincus watersi, Centralian Blue-tongued lizard (Tiliqua multifasciata), Ramphotyphlops endoterus, Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus), Pygmy Goanna (Varanus brevicauda), Varanus eremius, Perentie (Earanus giganteus), Pygmy Mulga Monitor (Varanus gilleni), Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii), Varanus tristis, Notoscincus ornatus and Frogs
The research data is stored with a Microsoft Access database and is approximately 50MB and growing.