Life Cycles for Primary School - Reptile Encounters


Which animals undergo metamorphosis? Do crocodiles care for their young? Your students will learn key differences in life cycles and stages of development between invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Explore how animals rely on their feeding relationships and habitat to move through each stage of their life cycle, and what happens if these cycles are disrupted through environmental events like bushfires and habitat loss.


Say hi to some of the animals you may get to meet in this incursion…

Pauline - Spiny Leaf Stick Insect

The Spiny Leaf Stick Insect is parthenogenetic meaning the females can reproduce on their own, no need for the fellas.

Kermit - Green Tree Frog

The process by where a tadpole turns into a frog is called metamorphosis.

Jasmine - Sugar Glider

Sugar Gliders are marsupials, meaning their offspring are quite underdeveloped when they are first born and crawl into mum’s pouch where they spend the first three months of life.

Connor - Barking Owl

The Barking Owl nests in tree hollows and lays 2-3 eggs a year between August and October.

Rusty - Centralian Blue Tongue

Blue Tongue Lizards are viviparous meaning they give birth to live young.

Frankie - Bearded Dragon

Male Bearded Dragons assert dominance by head-bobbing and submissive males will handwave.

Tiny - Olive Python

Olive Pythons are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs, the babies are 30 centimetres, the length of a ruler when they hatch.

Charlie - Saltwater Crocodile

The female saltwater crocodile will guard her nest and carry the young to safety in her mouth.

Frilled-neck Lizards

Frilled-neck Lizards are oviparous meaning they lay eggs. The eggs incubate for approximately seventy days before the babies pip the egg and emerge.


Curriculum Focus

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive

Recognising that environmental factors can affect life cycles, for example, fire and seed germination

Investigating the roles of living things in a habitat, for example, producers, consumers or decomposers

Predicting the effects when living things in feeding relationships are removed or die out in an area

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions

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