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.
Prickles - Spiny-leaf Stick Insect
Insects don’t have a brain like we do, but they do have clumps of nerves called ganglia in each body segment that are connected by a nerve cord.
PJ - Port Jackson Shark
Sharks can sense low frequency vibrations using a lateral line system of special receptor organs along the sides of the body and head of the shark.
Kermit - Green Tree Frog
Amphibians have a 3-chambered heart consisting of 2 atria and 1 ventricle, oxygenated and deoxygenated blood mixing is minimised by spongy walls of the heart.
Sabrina - Brush-tail Bettong
Bettongs are foregut fermenters and have a long & large digestive tract to enable them to break down and absorb the nutrients of the plants they eat.
Sammi - Red-tail Black Cockatoo
In order to sustain flight, birds have highly efficient respiratory systems with air sacs that permit a unidirectional flow of air through the lungs.
Rex - Broad-shell Turtle
Breathing with a shell fused to your ribs may sound difficult, but turtle relax and contract the muscles around their lungs to force air in and out.
Tiny - Olive Python
Snakes are infrequent eaters, and can quickly increase the size of their digestive system when food is available, and reduce it in size when fasting.
Crunchie - Saltwater Crocodile
Most reptiles have 3-chambered hearts, but the crocodile has 4 heart chambers, 2 atria and 2 ventricles, like the hearts of birds and mammals.