Feathers, Fur & Scales for Preschoolers - Reptile Encounters


What does the fur of a possum or the shell of a turtle feel like? Your class will get up-close with one of our hand-raised marsupials, a cheeky feathered friend, and an awesome mix of Australian reptiles. Find out what they eat, where they live, how they survive in their natural habitats and more. There’s sure to be a favourite animal for every kid in this immersive incursion.


Kids love comparing different animal groups and recognising similarities and differences to themselves. 

These are just a few they may get to meet:

Connor - Barking Owl

The Barking Owl feeds on a variety of small to medium sized mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

Socks & Sandals - Sugar Gliders

Sugar Gliders are marsupials meaning they keep their young in a pouch.

Tortellini - Murray River Turtle

The Murray River Turtle has a clever technique for breathing under water, they can breath through their bottom.

Russel - Shingleback Lizard

You may think it’s unfortunate but the Shingleback lizard appears to have two heads. He uses it as a decoy to confuse other animals.

Boof - Frilled Neck Dragon

One of Australia’s most iconic animals is the Frilled Neck Lizard, famous for their extremely impressive frills which they use to ward off predators.

Tammy - Woma Python

The Woma Python is found throughout desert habitats of central Australia and they actually feed on other reptiles.

Tiny - Olive Python

The Olive Python is the largest species of snake in Australia, reaching up to 6 metres in length and weighing up to 70 kilograms.

Charlie - Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest living reptile on the planet, growing up to 7 metres and weighing in at a whopping 1.6 tonnes.



  • Where do these animals like to live?
  • How are they similar or different?
  • What do they feel like to touch?
  • Discussion is based around body shapes, colour and texture.

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