Found along the east coast of Australian around lakes, creeks and rivers. Largest of our Dragon lizards with males growing up to 80cm long. They can remain underwater for up to 30 minutes and will rise to the surface to breathe. They feed on insects, frogs, yabbies, small mammals and occasionally fruits, berries and vegetation.
Also known as the Estuarine Crocodile. Found in northern Australia. Can grow up to 6-7metres with the strongest bite force of any living animal. They can live up to 100 years. Definitely an animal you don’t want to come face to face with in the water!
BLACK – HEADED PYTHON
Found across the northern third of Australia in the arid regions. Non venomous. They kill their prey by constricting. Feeds mainly on reptiles including lizards and other snakes, including venomous snakes but will also eat small mammals. The black head helps it attract the sun and retain heat.
BLUE TONGUE SKINK
Largest of the skink family. Their large blue tongue is used to scare off predators. Commonly found in our gardens, making them great pest controllers as they feed on snails & other pests. Although harmless, they do have a nasty bite if provoked.
COASTAL CARPET PYTHON
Found along the East Coast of QLD and Northern NSW. Being a python makes them non venomous, having to rely on constriction to kill their prey. Can grow up to 4m. Great for controlling unwanted guests, such as rats, mice and possums who love to make homes in our ceilings.
Found in arid regions of central and south-west Australia. Can be found in rock crevices and down in burrows. They use their tail as a lure to attract their prey. Feeding mainly on other reptiles such as lizards and other snakes, including venomous snakes.
This is Australia’s second largest and heaviest snake, reaching over 4m in length. Found in northern Australia in rocky areas sheltering in caves and rock crevices. Feeds on birds, mammals, rock wallabies, bats and other reptiles including crocodiles.
Found in the southern arid areas of Australia. Also known as a Double Headed Lizard, Pinecone Lizard, Bobtail Lizard and more. It’s tail looks similar to its head which helps to confuse its predators. Feeds on insects, fruits and vegetation.
CENTRAL BEARDED DRAGON
Found in arid regions of Central Australia. They will puff up their beard under their chin when threatened.
Even though the spikes look sharp, they are soft to touch. Feeds on insects, small lizards, fruits and vegetation.
EASTERN LONG NECKED TURTLE
Also known as the Snake neck turtle. The long neck helps them strike out at passing prey. Found in Eastern Australia living in dams, rivers, creeks and lakes. Their carapace (shell) can grow to around 25cm. They mainly feed on fish, tadpoles, insects, frogs and crayfish.
GREEN TREE FROG
Can grow up to 10cm and found in all states of Australia. Lives in urban areas, forests, woodlands and wetlands. Often taking up residence in suburban house in drainpipes, water tanks, letterboxes and even toilets.
RED TAILED BLACK COCKATOO
Found in Western, Central, Northern and some Southern parts of Australia in Eucalyptus Woodlands and Forest areas. Feeds on a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits and insects and larvae. Declining in numbers in some areas due to Deforestation and lack of suitable nesting hollows.
The largest member of the Kingfisher family. They are not actually laughing when they make their distinct call. These birds are territorial, and they are warning other birds to stay away. Feeding on insects, worms, small snakes, mammals and frogs. They pair for life and rely on tree hollows and termite mounds for nesting.
Being nocturnal they’re often mistaken for an owl. They are closely related to the Nightjar family. Often found sitting in the fork of a tree, their tawny coloured feathers help them to camouflage. These birds pair for life. Feeds mainly on insects, small mammals and frogs.
Found in Eucalyptus forests and woodlands along the East coast of Australia and into parts of SA. They’re a nocturnal Marsupial Mammal feeding on insects, nectar and pollen as well as sap and resin off the trees. They have a gliding membrane which extends from their front toe to their back foot which allows them to glide up to 50m.
Found along the East Coast of Australia Mainly eat flowers, plants, fruits and shrubs. They are nocturnal and build a nest to live in called a “Dray”.
ALBINO DARWIN CARPET PYTHON
Found in Kimberley areas of WA and Northern Territory Being albino means is has no black or brown pigmentation. Would normally not survive in the wild due to lack of camouflage.
Also known as a Spencers Goanna. Can grow to to 120cm. Found in Black soil plains of North Eastern NT and Central Western QLD. Ground dwelling due to lack of trees. Shelters underground in burrows or large cracks in the soil. Eats anything from mammals, reptiles, carrion and eggs.
Also known as a Gould’s Monitor or Gould’s Goanna and can grow up to 140cm.They are found in most parts of Australia and make their homes in abandoned burrows.They have a strong sense of smell, using their long-forked tongue to explore their environment and to find their food.
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GIANT BURROWING COCKROACH
The world’s heaviest cockroach and can reach up to 8cm in length. They live in burrows up to a metre deep in the soil. Found along the coast of Northern QLD. They feed on dry leaves, twigs, and bark which they take down into their burrows to feed their young. They are important recyclers as they convert the leaf litter back into the soil.
SPINY LEAF INSECT
These are a species of Stick Insect belonging to the “Phasmid” family. With their “dead leaf” appearance, they are very well camouflaged in amongst the Eucalyptus trees in which they live. Male Stick Insects have wings which allow them to fly, whereas females must rely on their camouflage and will also arch their tail above their bodies toward the predator to mimic a scorpion.
GIANT PANDA SNAIL
Being Australia’s largest land snail belonging to the “Mollusc” family, these snails can grow up to 10cm long. Found in sub-tropical rainforest in Southern QLD to the mid north coast of NSW. They feed on fungi on the forest floor. They are “hermaphroditic” which means they possess both sperm and eggs. Two snails will mate over night to exchange sperm and to fertilise each other’s eggs.
Belonging to the “Myriapod” family, unlike their name suggests, they don’t actually have a thousand legs. Depending on the species, they usually have between 15-400 pairs of legs. Their bodies are made up of segments and have two pairs of legs coming out of each. Commonly confused with their close relatives, Centipedes. When threatened, they can emit a smelly and in some cases poisonous liquid which deter their predators.
Belonging to the “Myriapod” family. Often confused with Millipedes. Unlike Millipedes, these have 1 pair of legs per segment. They have 2 pincers at the front right under the head which are linked to venom glands. Their bit can be very painful, but not deadly. Australian Centipedes can grow to around 140mm They feed on small lizards, insects as well as frogs. Found under rocks, pieces of wood, in leaf litter and under bark.
Scorpions are “Arachnids” which are found all over Australia in gardens and forests as well as in the Desert. The like to hide under rocks and logs. They can grow up to 12cm long and can have between 6-12 eyes. They have a pair of pincers for catching their prey and a venomous sting on the end of their tail. Scorpions are fluoresced under ultraviolet light.
Part of the “Arachnid” family, they are also known as a “Bird Eating Spider”, although mainly feed on insects, small frogs and lizards. Found from QLD, NSW, SA and WA. They make a burrow around 2m long and 1m deep. Not deadly, but can be aggressive and have a nasty bite. Can make you sick for around 8-12 hours.