Welcome to our special ‘reptile’ edition of Wildlife Secrets – we hope you especially enjoy this eclectic collection of reptile stories and articles from across Australia. We are sure this reptile special will be appreciated not only by readers already interested in reptiles, but also by those who may not be familiar with these distant cousins of ours who span the great evolutionary divide between the warm and the cold blooded!
Reptiles are intriguing, exciting, enigmatic and sometimes scary, but most of all they’re an extraordinary part of our diverse animal kingdom.
This issue includes a stunning trip across the top end, looking at some amazing and unique reptiles. Jasmine Vink highlights the diversity and variation in species between wet and dry environments and Luke Allen takes time off from milking snakes for venom to reveal an amazing newcomer to the top deadliest Australian snakes.
For anyone who wants something off the beaten track, we have investigated the world of the bizarre two-headed reptile and we present some recent examples from around the globe. Also in this issue, reptile vet Dr Simpson provides details of an amazing rescue of a blue-tongued lizard and its offspring, while Ted Johansen takes a special look at a rare visitor to Tasmanian waters and the efforts to allow it to continue its journey.
The special albino poster should satisfy those who love the rare and secret world of fossorial snakes and, by request, the puzzles are back for your enjoyment and edification!