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Red Centre animal tracks. Snakes or beetles?

Greatbloke

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My partner is convinced that these are snake tracks, and that there are hundreds of snakes that come out at night to make them. LOL.

The photos were taken at the Dunes Walk Sunset viewing area for Ayers rock. There were quite a lot of these tracks to be seen.

I'm thinking that it might be a beetle or something? ... but maybe I'm wrong.
If it was a snake I'd expect to see more pronounced berms on the outer side of the curves as the snake pushes against that side to propel itself.













 

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My money's on beetle.

As they make up a quarter of all species its a reasonable bet...
 

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I think these are from a type of skink called a sand-swimming Lerista, aka sand Lerista (Lerista Labialis).
They "swim" under the sand and are about 6cm long. These skinks have small arms and no legs - sometimes called a legless lizard

I'll try and find a good reference to confirm ......
 

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Well done Aussie123. Thank you. :)

Here's a few photos from Google image search to round out the thread:


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Source page: https://aussiepythons.com/forum/showthread.php/210076-Herp-pics-%28warning-pic-rich!%29

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Source page: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/smacdonald/tags/lerista/

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Source page: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/smacdonald/tags/lerista/
 
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