Backyard Buddies

Photo: Alex Butler

B-mail January 2019

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Carpet Python

Pythons are probably the most commonly seen snake in suburban backyards, the most familiar being the Carpet Python in Queensland and the Diamond Python in eastern NSW and Victoria.

Summer is python breeding time, and after the female has laid up to 15 eggs, she coils herself around them and shivers - vibrating all her muscles to keep the eggs warm. Although Pythons are shy and non-poisonous, it's best to keep your distance as their curved backward facing teeth do give a painful bite... read more

Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetles only live in warm coastal tropical or subtropical climates, so in Australia they are mostly found in Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern New South Wales. If you go for a walk on a warm night in the tropics, you may even hear a Rhino Beetle's distinctive hissing sound.

Rhino Beetles have a very unique appearance, but don't judge a rhino just on its looks. Even though they have big forked horns and tight gripping claws, they aren't strong enough or mean enough to hurt a human... read more

Australian Kestrel

Kestrels are found throughout Australia and favour open woodlands, grasslands, heaths, farmlands, roadsides and coastal dunes. They perch on prominent dead trees, fences or telephone poles. They mainly feed on small ground-dwelling vertebrates and insects.

Breeding can take place at almost any time but commonly from August to December. The nest is usually in a tree hollow or on a cliff ledge, but large disused stick nests or human structures such as building ledges are also used... read more

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Green Turtles grow slowly and take at least 30 years to reach maturity. They spend their entire life at sea, except for nesting females, which return to the beach to lay their eggs – the same area where they were born.

Australia is one of the few remaining large nesting sites. However, right now, all marine turtle species are experiencing threats like pollution which impacts on their habitats. With your help, FNPW will fund vital research projects aimed at improving the sustainability of seagrass beds and mangrove forests in order to slow or halt their decline.

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