Search results for "pets"

  • Reptiles as Pets

    Thinking of getting a pet reptile?

    Here are a few things you should consider first.

  • Is the demand for amphibians as pets threatening their survival in the wild?

    The global trade in wildlife threatens more than just rhinos, elephants and tigers: amphibians are also at risk

  • Amphibians and reptiles in the wildlife trade

    The global trade in wildlife threatens more than just rhinos, elephants and tigers: amphibians and reptiles are also at risk

  • Australian Paralysis Tick, Ixodes holocyclus

    These are mean suckers. The Australian Paralysis Tick, Ixodes holocyclus, is found in Eastern Australia and is a parasite to native mammals, livestock, pets and even people.

  • Prickly, but cute - Aaron Semtner


  • Silkworm moth’s ghostly shadow - Erica Pitman


  • Conserving Asian newts could save the world’s salamanders

    Healthy salamander populations on both sides of the planet may depend on controlling the international sale of Asian newts as pets

  • Elliot Koonutta Crocodile Sorcerer (2014)

    This work, made by Elliot Koonutta from rope, ghost net and metal, tells the story of the Crocodile Sorcerer;

    “I made that crocodile because, you know, it’s my favourite animal to draw and like do with ghost net. Because in the dreamtime our old people used to have their own pets, pet crocodile, to take them across the river and keep the river so no stranger crocodile can come in to take over the river. Or get turtle and dugong like that for the owner” – Elliot Koonutta (Pormpuraaw Art Centre) 2014

    The sorcerer summons the pet crocodile to cross the river by putting the end of his spear or woomera in his armpit, and then into the water. If a crocodile smells the scent, and moves towards the person, then the crocodile belongs to him. He can then communicate to the crocodile, and it brings him food from the river.

  • Urban habitats

    Urban areas cover 35 percent of the Sydney area and are constantly growing. The urban environment has far fewer species of animals than more natural environments.

  • Australian Museum Herpetology Blogs

    The latest blogs from Australian Museum Herpetology

  • Venomous vs. Poisonous

    Although these terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between organisms that are venomous and those that are poisonous.


  • Care of amphibians

    Frogs are popular pets and display animals. The Australian Museum keeps a number of species of Australian frogs.

  • Can frogs help combat the Zika virus?

    Healthy frog populations may help keep disease-carrying mosquitos at bay, but not in the way you might expect.

  • DAW Day 2: The Australian Magpie

    DAW? Dangerous Animals Week, of course! To celebrate our new Dangeroz app (available in the App Store Tuesday) we're featuring a different animal each day.

  • 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.