At Reptile Encounters we believe in inspiring students to take an interest in the natural world. Thus, we will dazzle them with enriching
information while they interact with our captive-raised, Australian animals. It’s important to instil respect for nature at an early age while
preserving the idea that conservation is necessary in maintaining Australia’s rich wildlife.
Gary - Growling Grass Frog
Frogs worldwide and our own Growling Grass Frogs found here in Victoria are being decimated by a fungus called Chytrid Fungus.
Penny - Mary River Turtle
The Mary River Turtle got the name Penny Turtle in the 1960’s and 70’s as it was traded in pet stores.
Sabrina - Brush-tailed Bettong
It is estimated there are only 5000 Brush-tailed Bettongs in Australia, they have been decimated by introduced foxes and cats as well as a virus.
Sammy - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Karak was the mascot for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, to raise awareness for the South Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoos as there are only 1400 left.
Pano - Yellow Spotted Monitor
Like a lot of reptiles in the top end of Australia the Yellow Spotted Monitor has been affected by the introduction of Cane Toads in the 1930’s.
Tammy - Woma Python
Woma python numbers have declined by as much as two thirds in the wild. Unfortunately there is not a lot of data as to why but we suspect it is largely due to feral cats or supercats.
Tobias - Olive Python
The Pilbara Olive Python gets up to six metres long and unfortunately used the road as a warm bed resulting in road strikes.
Smilie - Saltwater Crocodile
Crocodiles were hunted to near extinction in the 1970’s, this is because there was a demand for their skin, fortunately the hunters realised in time and the tide turned for these great apex predators.