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By Author: Chris Hosking

Tribute to Sparky the Diamond Python

Recently, the Museum said a final goodbye to one of its best-known resident animals, Sparky.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 09 Feb 2014

Crocodile Capers

The young Freshwater Crocodiles, Crocodylus johnstoni, that live in Surviving Australia are growing up.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 25 Jun 2012

New Live Exhibits in Search & Discover: Year of the Water Dragon

Two young Eastern Water Dragons are being displayed in the Australian Museum’s hands-on enquiry center; Search & Discover.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 05 Apr 2012

Australasian Invertebrate Conference 2011

Last month I was given the opportunity to attend the inaugural Australasian Invertebrate Conference held in Melbourne. The conference brought together Australian researchers, butterfly breeders and other invertebrate keepers for the first time to learn and discuss a wide range of topics about invertebrate biology, husbandry and display.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 03 Jul 2011

New Live Exhibits in Kidspace: Green Tree Frogs

Some of the Museum's Green Tree Frogs are hopping out of Surviving Australia and setting up a new pad in Kidspace.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 02 Jun 2011

Carpenter Ants

Australia is home to approximately 1200 recorded species of ants. Some of these will occasionally wander into people’s houses and make them their own. One group of ants are commonly known as 'Carpenter Ants' due to their association with wood, but belong to a larger group of species (a genus) called Camponotus.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 03 Mar 2011

Where do spiders go during flooding?

It not just humans that have had to face challenges from the recent flooding in Eastern Australia. An enquirer near Grafton has sent some interesting photos showing how the regions spiders have handled the rising water levels.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 14 Feb 2011

Breeding of Fraser's Rainforest Snail

Slightly larger than a Common Garden Snail, Fraser's Rainforest Snail, Sphaerospira fraseri, is a native species of land snail that inhabits wet forested habitat of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Very little of its natural history is known, except that it feeds on fungi and rotting vegetation. By keeping and breeding this species in captivity the Australian Museum are reducing the need for wild snails to be collected for display. The following paper was written to describe the breeding events and the details of the species captive care at the Australian Museum.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 17 Dec 2010

New Live Exhibits in Search & Discover: Crucifix Frog

What’s tiny, eats ants, bright yellow and extremely cute? Our new baby Crucifix Frogs!

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 11 Dec 2010