Australian Reptiles

It’s the Australia Day long weekend and time to celebrate some of our wonderful Australian wildlife.

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Straya!

Many people from other countries have preconceptions about Australia. When travelling Australians often find themselves having to explain to others that no, there are not kangaroos hopping down the street in the middle of the city. They live in the countryside or occasionally in isolated pockets of bushland or National Park in quiet suburban areas. Then this happens:

Wallaby hops along Sydney Harbour Bridge, surprising early morning motorists” (from ABC News)

While I wasn’t on the bridge in the early hours of this morning to get a photo of the wayward wallaby, I have previous taken photos of the wallabies resident at Taronga Zoo.

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Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney on a Nikon Coolpix P610.

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Kangaroo

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With the summer heat combined with the long school holidays, many parents are probably feeling like they would happily join this kangaroo in taking a quiet nap under the shade of a tree around about now.

Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney on a Nikon Coolpix P610.

 

Olive Python

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The summer holidays are the off-season for many TV shows. This year that meant that a few of the stations put full seasons of the old Australian dramas onto their streaming services so as you could binge on classic Aussie drama. It seems as though every long-running Australian drama must have an episode featuring a life-and-death encounter with a venomous snake. Not surprisingly, they don’t seem to want to expose their actors to actual life threatening situations so they will often have a much more friendly non-venomous snake like this olive python play the part of the snake.

While not venomous, the olive python is one of Australia’s largest pythons, growing to almost 4 metres. They can be found across northern Australia in mountain ranges and savannah woodlands and favour rocky gorges and watercourses. They are mainly nocturnal and will shelter in rock crevices and hollows during the day. They are great swimmers and will hunt in water.

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Sydney’s waterways

With searing temperatures, we’re in the middle of a tough couple of days here in Sydney. The cooler coastal areas of the city had temperatures yesterday reaching 43°C/109°F, with the western suburbs soaring to 47°C/117°F. Some are lucky enough to have air-conditioning and backyard pools but others need to find other ways to beat the heat. Perhaps it’s a good time to head down to the waterside in the hopes of the breeze coming off the water being slightly cooler? Time once again to show some appreciation for our glorious rivers, harbour and beaches!

coastal taipan

Taipans can grow up to three metres in length, making them Australia’s largest venomous snake. The Coastal Taipan or Eastern Taipan lives in grasslands, coastal heaths, grassy beach dunes and cultivated areas such as cane fields in the far north of Australia and down the Queensland coast and Northern New South Wales.

Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney on a Nikon Coolpix P610

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Red Panda

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Red pandas are acrobatic animals that predominantly stay in trees. They are classed as endangered and are under threat from habitat loss, illegal trade and poaching. Almost 50 percent of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. They can be found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar and Nepal. Fewer than 10,000 Red Pandas are thought to remain in the wild.

Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney on a Nikon Coolpix P610.

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