Animal Fact - Reptile Encounters
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Eastern Barn Owl

Scientific name : Tyto delicatula

Other names: Many, including White Owl, Ghost Owl, Church Owl, Rat Owl and Delicate Owl

Status : Least concern

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Victorian Carpet Python

Scientific name : Morelia spilota metcalfei

Other names: Murray-Darling Carpet Python, Inland Carpet Python

Status : Critically Endangered in Victoria (Only ~160 confirmed records in Vic)

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Diamond Python

Scientific name : Morelia spilota spilota

Status : Least Concern (NSW), Endangered (Vic)

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Grey-Headed Flying-Fox

Scientific name : Pteropus poliocephalus

Other names: Grey-headed fruit bat

Status : Vulnerable

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Common Brushtail Possum

Scientific name : Trichosurus vulpecula

Other names: Brushtail possum, Brush-tailed possum

Status : Least concern, although may be decreasing in some areas

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Central Bearded Dragon

Scientific name : Pogona vitticeps

Other names: Inland bearded dragon, ‘Beardie’ (Colloquial)

Status : Least Concern

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Laughing Kookaburra

Scientific name : Dacelo novaeguineae

Other names: Laughing kingfisher, Laughing jackass, Great brown kingfisher

Status : Least Concern

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Broad-shelled Turtle

Scientific name : Chelodina (Macrochelodina) expansa

Other names: Broad-shelled river turtle, Broad-shelled snake-necked turtle

Status : Least Concern (nationally), Vulnerable (SA), Threatened (VIC)

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Woma Python

Scientific name : Aspidites ramsayi

Other names: Woma, Ramsay's python, Sand python

Status : Least concern

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Saltwater Crocodile

Scientific name : Crocodylus porosus

Other names: Estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific Crocodile, Marine crocodile, Sea Crocodile, ‘Saltie’

Status : Least concern

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Freshwater Crocodile

Scientific name : Crocodylus johnsoni

Other names: Australian freshwater crocodile, Johnstone’s river crocodile, ‘Freshie’

Status : Least concern

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Shingleback Lizard

Scientific name : Tiliqua rugosa

Other names: Over 30, including Stumpy-tailed Lizard, Bobtail, Boggi, and Sleepy lizard

Status : Least Concern

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Frilled-Neck Lizard

Scientific name : Chlamydosaurus kingii

Other names: Frilled-neck Dragon, ‘Frillie’

Status : Least Concern

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Sugar Glider

Scientific name : Petaurus breviceps

Other names: Indigenous names from Australia and PNG, including Lumbalk and Yeyang

Status : Least Concern

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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Scientific name : Calyptorhynchus banksii

Other names: Banksian Cockatoo, Banks’ Cockatoo

Status : C.b.samueli Threatened in NSW, C.b.naso Near Threatened, C.b.graptogyne Critically Endangered

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Olive Python

Scientific name : Liasis olivaceous

Status : Least concern

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Green Tree Frog

Scientific name : Ranoidea caerulea

Other names: White’s tree frog, Dumpy tree frog, Australian green tree frog.

Status : Least Concern

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Slender-spined Porcupine Fish

Scientific name : Diodon nichthemerus

Other names: Slender-spined globefish, pufferfish (unrelated species), ‘Toadie’

Status : Not listed

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Musk Lorikeet

Scientific name : Glossopsitta concinna

Other names: Red-eared lorikeet, Green leek, King parrot (unrelated species)

Status : Least Concern

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Tasmanian Pademelon

Scientific name : Thylogale billardierii

Other names: Rufous-bellied pademelon, Red-bellied Pademelon

Status : Least Concern

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Centralian Carpet Python

Scientific name : Morelia bredli

Other names: Bredli python, Bredl’s python

Status : Least Concern

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Australian Eclectus Parrot

Scientific name : Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi

Other names: Rocky River parrot, Red-sided parrot. Other subspecies have different names.

Status : Vulnerable (Australia)

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Squirrel Glider

Scientific name : Petaurus norfolcensis

Status : Vulnerable (NSW), Threatened (VIC), Endangered (SA), Common (QLD)

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Northern Long-necked Turtle

Scientific name : Chelodina rugosa

Other names: Northern snake-necked turtle, Northern side-necked turtle

Status : Near Threatened

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Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard

Scientific name : Tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Other names: Common blue-tongued lizard, blue-tongued skink. ‘bluey’

Status : Least Concern

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Western Blue-tongued Lizard

Scientific name : Tiliqua occipitalis

Other names: Western blue-tongued skink

Status : Threatened (NSW), Near Threatened (Victoria), Least concern (Nationally)

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Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard

Scientific name : Tiliqua nigrolutea

Other names: Southern blue-tongued lizard, ‘Blotchy’. Different locales have different names e.g. Alpine, Lowlands, Tasmanian or Flinders Island blotched blue-tongued lizard.

Status : Least concern

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Northern Blue-tongued Lizard

Scientific name : Tiliqua scincoides intermedia

Other names: Northern blue-tongue skink

Status : Least concern

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Rough-scaled Python

Scientific name : Morelia carinata

Other names: Rock Chondro, ‘Roughie’

Status : Rare, status currently not known.

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Jacky Dragon

Scientific name : Amphibolurus muricatus

Other names: Jacky tree dragon, Jacky lizard, Jacky Jacky, Ta-Ta lizard, Tree Dragon

Status : Common and widespread

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Yellow-spotted Monitor

Scientific name : Varanus panoptes

Other names: Floodplains goanna, Argus monitor

Status : Vulnerable

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Mary River Turtle

Scientific name : Elusor macrurus

Other names: Mary River Tortoise

Status : Critically Endangered

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Murray River Short-necked Turtle

Scientific name : Emydura macquarii macquarii

Other names: Murray River Tortoise. Other subspecies known by other names as well

Status : Vulnerable (Vic, SA)

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Eastern Long-Necked Turtle

Scientific name : Chelodina longicollis

Other names: Eastern snake-necked turtle

Status : Common, with most populations considered secure

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Mertens’ Water Monitor

Scientific name : Varanus mertensi

Other names: Merten’s water monitor, Mertin’s water monitor (both misspellings)

Status : Endangered (IUCN), Threatened (NT)

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Green and Golden Bell Frog

Scientific name : Ranoidea aurea

Other names: Green bell frog, Green and golden swamp frog, Green frog

Status : Endangered (NSW), Vulnerable (Nationally)

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Common Yabby

Scientific name : Cherax destructor

Other names: Blue yabby, cyan yabby

Status : Vulnerable

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Brush-tailed Bettong

Scientific name : Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi

Other names: Woylie (from indigenous name Walyu, Nyungar language), Brush-tailed Rat Kangaroo

Status : Critically Endangered (<15,000 individuals)!53IBasfvKW$-t6!ZB[Ix?#FRQ8S_O/Bc?Zi][2bTolP@m0U`JbX+H-T2O&e+O