Eastern blue-tongued lizard: Everyone loves mangoes!

A common resident of many suburban gardens in southeast Queensland the Eastern blue-tongued lizard, Tiliqua scincoides, will often forage on an open compost heap. While it feeds naturally on a variety of insects, molluscs, plants and native fruits, it will also happily eat other fruits such as mangoes, grapes and bananas.   Blue-tongued lizards will happily live in suburbia if they can find...
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Eastern long-necked turtle: A bit of a stinker

The Eastern long-necked turtle, Chelodina longicollis, is found throughout south eastern Australia in a variety of freshwater habitats. It is also known as the Eastern snake-necked turtle, so named for its very long neck that swings sideways to tuck under the side of its carapace rather than pulling it in backwards.   It is an opportunistic carnivore with a diet including frogs, tadpoles,...
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Eastern water dragon: Making its own ‘tomb’

Australia’s Eastern water dragon, Itellagama lesueurii lesueurii inhabits coastal water courses from the NSW south coast to Cooktown in northern Queensland. In cooler areas of its range it will become inactive in the colder winter months by sealing itself in to a burrow or scrape between rocks. There it will slow its metabolism down until the warmth of spring in September. A male dragon will...
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