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Reptiles include crocodiles and their relatives, tortoises and turtles, snakes and lizards. Australia contains around thirteen per cent of the total world species of reptiles and is a wonderful place to see and study them.


Eastern Snake-necked Turtle, Chelodina longicollis
Museum in a Box - Reptiles Image: Gunther Schmida
© Australian Museum

Reptiles are well suited to Australia's variable climate, because during long periods of drought, they can go without food in cool shelters until better times return. They were one of the first really successful group of animals to colonise land but some later adapted to life in water. This box contains some real specimens of Australian reptiles.

Box Contents:

  • Saltwater Crocodile
  • Green Turtle
  • Eastern Long-necked Turtle
  • Southern Spotted Velvet Gecko
  • Hooded Scaly Foot
  • Central Netted Dragon
  • Robust Striped Skink
  • Blind Snake
  • Stimson's Python
  • Common Death Adder
  • Create a Pygmy Mulga Monitor cast
  • Match reptiles to their habitat
  • Books
  • Posters
  • Information panels

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