Mandy Conway, ACTHA Newsletter Editor, has again been featured in an article in the Canberra Times on the volume of native animals being cared for by ACT Wildlife. ACTHA has provided ACT Wildlife with a grant in the past to support their work - we wish them (and Mandy) all the best with this very large workload!
Read the article in full on the Canberra Times website.
ACTHA Committee Member and Newsletter Editor extraordinaire, Mandy Conway, recently had a chat with the Canberra Times about reptiles and the issues they face as winter approaches. A good read - share it with family and friends to keep our local reptiles safe this winter!
Canberra Times - ACT Wildlife urges Canberrans to look out for reptiles on the move for winter hibernation
Canberra's first Reptile & Frog Festival will be held on 12 April 2015 at the Canberra Reptile Zoo in Gold Creek Village. We encourage you to head along - it'll be a great event for the whole family!
A converted pool in Sydney’s north has become the home for a breeding pair of eastern water dragons, Australia’s largest dragon species.
Read the article on the ABC to learn more about suburban pool conversion into natural refuges and the support available for homeowners to do so.
Read the article here on ABC Radio National.
This valentines day why not check out the behaviour of other species trying to win over the fairer sex. Chris Watson witnessed these sand monitors fighting from his office window, a rare and spectacular event, in Alice Springs.
Read more at the ABC here!
Matthew Higgins was fortunate and dedicated enough to seek out the locally rare Rosenberg's Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) around the Queanbeyan River between Gelignite Crossing Compo Canyon. Check out a sneak peek below - more images will be published in the next newsletter, so stay tuned!
Photograph and Video: Matthew Higgins
Reproduced with permission, please contact us if you would like to get in touch with Matthew about licensing the media.
After tracking the recent spread of Anolis lizard species across the Caribbean a study has found that island biogeography theory will have to be revised. The physical distance between landmasses is no longer important. Shipping lanes are.
Read more on the Scientific American here.
Head on over to The Conversation to learn about how lizards are helping scientists determine why giving birth to live young rather than laying eggs can be an advantage. Full article here.
The Scientific American blog has this fascinating article looking at the anatomy of turtles sexual reproductive organs (and breaking some myths in the process). Head on over and check it out.
Head over to The Conversation to read more of this unfortunate tale of likely extinction and thoughts on what could have been done to prevent it.
An ancient struggle has been captured on camera by a number of onlookers near Mt Isa, Queensland. To read more about this rare and fascinating event check out the article on the ABC website here.
If you're wondering, the snake shown is the Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus) which is Australia's second largest snake growing to 4m+. However, it trails well behind our largest snake, the Scrub Python (Morelia amethistina), which has been documented over 6m. The crocodile is Johnston's Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni) which reaches maximum sizes of between 2m and 3m.
One of the first studies conducted on young reptiles reared without contact with their siblings is challenging the assumption that only mammals and birds are shaped by social interactions.
"Our results demonstrate that rearing these animals in different environments strongly affects their social development," said Cissy Ballen, a PhD candidate in the University of Sydney's School of Biological Sciences and lead author of the paper published in Animal Behaviour.
Read the article on Science Alert here.