Australia

Whites Tree Frog
Litoria caerulea

• found in Australia and New Guinea; introduced to New Zealand
• can grow up to 4 inches in length
• like other amphibians, they absorb oxygen through moist skin
• they eat insects, small mammals and small frogs

   


Bearded Dragons
Pogona vitticeps

• native to woodland and rocky desert regions of central Australia
• adults can reach 13-24 inches in length
• feed on small mammals, invertebrates, vegetation (omnivore)
• their throat will expand when threatened
• burrow underground to escape from extremely hot weather
• they are not very social, however, they will gather at basking sites and places where food is abundant
• males display head bobbing to establish dominance; arm waving indicates a subordinate; head bobbing is also used in mating rituals

   


Australian Blue Tongued Skink
Tiliqua scincoides

T. s. intermedia is found in northern Australia
T. s. scincoides occurs in eastern Australia
• can grow up to 2 ft. in length
• they are diurnal, ground foraging omnivores
• feeding on invertebrates, flowers, fruits
• they have live birth (ovoviviparous)

   

Carpet Python
Morelia spilota

• found in Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea
• habitat: forest regions and temperate grasslands
• they are semi-arboreal
• they feed on small mammals, bats, birds, lizards

   

Prehensile Tail Skink
Corucia zebrata

• found in the tropical forests of the Solomon Islands
• arboreal, with a prehensile tail which does not regenerate
• this is the largest species of skink; over 2 feet when fully grown (sometimes over 30 inches)
• herbivorous

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