Tuesday, July 09, 2024


 Rishi Sunak doesn't sound like the name of a UK Prime Minister but, to be fair, neither does Keir Starmer.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Is there a gecko in here?

Friday, April 05, 2024

Squamata schemata

 Order Squamata is plentiful in Aus, I haven't even separated the serpents into their respective families blind snakes, pythons, file snakes, colubrid snakes, elapid snakes, true sea snakes, and sea kraits.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Tortoise, well

Noted for their slow movement and longevity; though this possibly doesn't apply to all members of the family Testudinidae. Australia's are turtles in the main. We have pig-nosed turtles, freshwater turtles, sliders (the red-eared slider), sea turtles and leatherback turtles

Freshwater Turtles

Sea Turtles


Sunday, March 10, 2024

Rept. isles

Are reptiles - our next most abundant species - fully and fairly represented? Or are some still hiding under rocks, camouflaged? Let's go outside and look.

I would note that they are still very much of interest and a zombie crocodile park lurks further up (don't ask) as a risk when, naturally, there would be an abundance of native reptiles in that very area; along with other wildlife.

Regardless of our interest in observing them, being scared or startled by them, or any in an array of encounters, they are a natural to our sunburnt country. 

To resolve the old argument we have with Americans over their habit of calling tortoises turtles, we need to look at the orders of reptiles and, lo and behold, testudines which includes both but the common term in brackets is - turtles. So perhaps it doesn't hurt not to distinguish.

As for crocodilian.

But the biggest order, taking in skinks, geckos, snakes.. is Order Squamata, or scaled reptiles
[legless lizards, dragons, monitors..]

Friday, March 08, 2024

Fishing for complements

So we seem to be short a few fish (oh no groan the remaining readers) but, don't worry, if I find more that aren't the fifth name for one already listed in either freshwater or saltwater, I'll add them to those posts.




Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Luxon, your side

Christopher Luxon is Prime Minister of New Zealand since November, not giving poor old Chris Hipkins long in the job.

We're surrounded

*here representing all the freshwater eels who go into the Pacific [or insert relevant ocean] to breed