Archive for the ‘Australian Reptiles’ Category
Posted on May 9, 2010 - by admin
Australia’s tiger snake has a broad head and heavy built.
This snake is a venomous specie that had its fair share of mortality incidents in Australia, primarily in the southern areas. Tiger snakes have a variety of colours, and there is a wide difference of characteristics of tiger snakes depending on where they dwell. They are also classified according to the island or region where they live.
When annoyed or under the sun, tiger snakes flatten their whole body. Tiger snake are a venomous snake specie. One of the many distinctions of Tiger snakes from its snake relatives is that they give live birth, usually between 12 – 40. Tiger snakes also dwell in suburban areas. (more…)
Posted on May 8, 2010 - by admin
Pet Turtles are one of the many preferences of children nowadays.
Pet turtles don’t cause noises (barking), allergies (feline furs), possible virus encounter (birds), and most of all they don’t bite when annoyed (snakes and dogs). Turtles aren’t as complicated to care for as compared to dogs or cats (purchasing either means several costly procedures should take place to ensure the pet’s overall bodily security; shots, operations, etc). As though it wasn’t enough, you have to provide crates, toys, dog houses, and grooming products.
Pet Turtles: Pet Comparison
Many turtles perish in captivity because they aren’t treated and given attention of the same level as to their fur-covered counterparts. It’s a common thought that turtles surpasses all animals with longevity, and if they are properly cared for, these animals can live for many decades. This will require pet turtles owner to pay attention to the turtle’s food, living situation, and necessary treatments. (more…)
Posted on May 7, 2010 - by admin
Green tree frogs are one of the most popular pet frogs.
These are just fantastic and enchanting-looking creatures. With there harmless nature and distinct characteristics, there’s no doubt many people are having them as pets. Although they are a least concern for extinction, these major amphibians deserve proper care and attention for reproduction and preservation.
Characteristics and Behavior
Like other tree frogs, the Green Tree Frog (also known as Australian Green Tree Frog, White’s Tree Frog, or Dumpy Tree Frog) has toe discs on the tips of its toes and fingers. The fingers and toes have large expanded discs on the ends and the toes are fully webbed. A pair of large partoid glands extend back from the eye on to the shoulders. Their thighs varies from yellow to maroon and the eye is a pale gold.
Their skin is smooth and is bright green to a dull gark olive green in color on top and the underside colour can vary from white through to brownish white or pinkish. They normally have a series of white spots from the corner of their mouth to the base of their forearm. (more…)
Posted on May 6, 2010 - by admin
Australian Serpents: The Brown Snakes Chapter
Australia’s unique topography and varied seasons makes it a haven to some of the world’s most fascinating creatures, snakes in particular. These slithering reptiles are often a subject of fear and misconception. To others, snakes come as a fascinating creature, full of mystery and secrets waiting to be uncovered. Australia hosts hundreds of snake species, and today this article will focus on the Brown Snakes, which demands respect and caution when encountered.
Australian Brown Snakes 1: Eastern Brown Snake
Brown snakes have a nature of being easily alarmed, and may strike when approached or threatened. Half of its bite contain venom, and minimal effects are determined at the spot where its fangs have sunk. One of the brown snake’s venom effects is sudden, early collapse of the victim. Other clinical signs include abdominal pain, breathing and swallowing difficulty, convulsions, ptosis, hemolysis, hypotension from depression of myocardial contractility, renal failure.
The Eastern Brown Snake is the most toxic member of the genus and second of the most toxic land snake in the world (The Inland Taipan sits in the first place, and also found in Australia). (more…)
Posted on May 5, 2010 - by admin
Australia’s Deadliest Snakes
Apart from its fantastic beaches, the world famous Sydney Opera House, and surfing sites, Australia is also famous for nesting deadly animals, venomous snakes in particular. While most people flinch upon the mention of these exotic creatures, others have gone to full extent of studying their nature and their contribution to Australia’s diverse ecosystem. This fearless research has led to the discovery of four of Australia’s deadliest snakes. (more…)
Posted on May 4, 2010 - by admin
Did you know that 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world are found in Australia?
Australia is the only continent where venomous snakes (70%) outnumber non-venomous ones. Australia’s deadliest snakes are the brown snakes (responsible for around 60% of deaths caused by snakebite) and the venomous land snake on Earth (tested on mice) is the Inland Taipan found in arid regions of central Australia.
Snake Identification 101
According to Tropical Topics newsletter produced by Stella Martin at the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, there are six main snake families in Australia–elapids (venomous snakes, the largest group), colubrids ( mostly ‘harmless’ snakes) pythons, blindsnakes, file snakes and sea snakes. (more…)