The Garden Skink (Lampropholus guichenoti) is one of the most numerous and widespread skinks in southern and mountainous Victoria. Here’s a little fellow sun-baking on fallen timber.
Their diet consists largely of small invertebrates, like insects and spiders.
That night a large, black, menacing-looking spider, a Victorian Funnel-web Spider (Hadronyche modesta?), was active at ground level. The orientation of its downward-curved fangs, allowing it to strike from above, is typical of the family of spiders it belongs to – the Mygalomorph spiders. Mygalomorphs are one of the more primitive spider groups. Unlike ‘true’ spiders (Huntsmen, Redbacks, Wolf Spiders, Daddy Long-legs etc) Mygalomorphs are very susceptible to dessication and can die quickly if not protected in a moist burrow. So, its not surprising that they usually found in the soil and only come out at night, or during rainy periods.