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Australian Reptiles

Over the centuries people have been fascinated by reptiles. Many reptiles are kept as popular pets. In Australia the Rainbow Serpent is an important part of the Aboriginal account of creation in the Dreamtime. The dragons of Europe and China, the thunderbirds of the North American Indians. The Bible describes “Behemoth and Leviathan”.

Begin your own adventure with Australia’s unique array of living reptiles as well as the rich and diverse history of dinosaur fossils.

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Australian Reptiles

Over the centuries people have been fascinated by reptiles. Many reptiles are kept as popular pets. In Australia the Rainbow Serpent is an important part of the Aboriginal account of creation in the Dreamtime. The dragons of Europe and China, the thunderbirds of the North American Indians. The Bible describes “Behemoth and Leviathan”.

Begin your own adventure with Australia’s unique array of living reptiles as well as the rich and diverse history of dinosaur fossils.

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What is a reptile?

Find out how to identify a reptile through its features and learn how it earned its scientific name.

How they are built - inside.

Discover the internal structure of a reptile and how their systems has adapted to Australia’s unique environment.

Reptile body features

What makes reptiles special? There is great variation in reptile’s body features. For example a turtle’s shell is made of the protein called keratin. Human hair and fingernails, as well as animal horns and claws are also made of keratin.

How reptiles work

Let us find out about senses, temperature and movement, water balance, movement and digestion.

Reproduction and life history of reptiles

All reptiles need to mate. Reproduction begins with courtship displays. Lizards and snakes have two penises, but turtles and crocodiles have one. During mating the female’s eggs are fertilised internally and then the process continues in one of three different ways…

Reptile habitats

Australia is one of the best places in the world for reptiles to live due to diverse climate and topography. Many reptiles have discovered that human homes are great for them too!

Reptile behaviour

At low temperatures many reptiles become incapable of movement, in a state called cold torpor. Their body processes slow down and very little food is used from their fat stores.

Reptiles are ecotherms. ‘Cold-blooded’ is not really a correct description of them, because most reptiles can maintain their temperature above that of their environment.

Human interactions and keeping pets

Reptiles can be great companions.

Humans keeping reptiles require special skills and some have formal training. Each species has special needs for hygiene, food, temperature, activity and breeding.

In this chapter find three stories are told as interviews with different reptile keepers.

Weird and wonderful - curious facts and feats

Find out about “The Deadly Ranking”…

Which Australian snake has venom that can digest your muscles including you heart? Struth!

Why is a gecko so special??

Reptile conservation

Extinction is normal for animal species. Some reptiles have become extinct because their habitats have been destroyed or changed by humans.

In the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Dr Danny Wotherspoon collected road killed animals for 10 years and published the results in a scientific journal, The Australian Journal of Zoology.

What did he find?

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