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By Author: Chris Hosking

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

Live Exhibit updates in Exhibit A

Welcome to Exhibit A: inside our exhibitions.
 

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

A Sticky Situation

On a street post in Darlinghurst a young female Titan Stick Insect, measuring 21cm in total, was found and taken to the Australian Museum. The insect must have become separated from its gumtree, unable to fly it wandered to the nearest structure and climbed to the top. This is a tail I have heard more than a few times this Spring.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 09 Dec 2010

Live displays in My Photo Studio

From December 2010 the following live invertebrates were displayed in 'My Photo Studio', giving visitors the opportunity to take their own wildlife photos and take advice from the experts.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 03 Dec 2010

Does the Australian Museum feed live rats to pythons?

I am often asked about what the Museum's live animals are fed. People are often curious about what we feed our Python, and when I inform them that he recieves an adult rat every two to four weeks the next question is; "do you feed him a live rat?" the answer can require some explaination.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 30 Nov 2010

What is the Search & Discover blog?

This blog provides insights about what’s happening in Search & Discover - the Australian Museum's information and resource centre.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 25 Nov 2010

Sticky Situation

On a street post in Darlinghurst a young female Titan Stick Insect, measuring 21cm in total, was found and taken to the Australian Museum. The insect must have become separated from its gumtree, unable to fly it wandered to the nearest structure and climbed to the top. This is a tail I have heard more than a few times this Spring.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 21 Nov 2010

Wollemi pine on display

Discovered as recently as 1994, the  Wollemi Pine has been referred to as the 'botanical find of the 20th Century' and 'the equivalent of finding a small living dinosaur on Earth'. A small live Wollemi Pine is now on display My Photo Studio, part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 21 Nov 2010

Collecting in the Blue Mountains

Live Exhibit staff ventured along the high ridges of the Blue Mountains National Park in order to collect some interesting live specimens for visitors to have the chance to photograph in My Photo Studio, part of the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 27 Oct 2010