Ecosystem & Food Webs for Secondary School - Reptile Encounters


Australia is so lucky to have such diverse habitats from wetlands and rainforests to bushland and desert, which allows us to have such diverse animals. Delve deeper into the animal kingdom in this exploratory incursion on ecosystems and the energy that flows through them to keep them productive. Students will learn how different animals can thrive and survive together in the same ecosystem by fitting into different trophic levels and forming food webs. Of course this is made even more fascinating by meeting some of the animals that make up these systems and discovering their role and value.


Learn about how these animals support ecosystems and food webs…

Barry - Giant Burrowing Cockroach

The Giant Burrowing Cockroach is a detritivore, and plays an important role in keeping the rainforest clean by eating dead plant material.

Kermit - Green Tree Frog

Green Tree Frogs are predators and second order consumers, feeding primarily on invertebrates.

Jasmin - Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders find refuge in hollow trees in the temperate bushland habitat, and are omnivores feeding on fruit, nectar and insects.

Vic - Victorian Carpet Python

The Victorian Carpet Python is a carnivore, prefering to eat small to medium sized prey like possums and rodents.

Russell - Shingleback Lizard

Living in a desert environment can sometimes result in food being scarce, but the fat stored in the Shingleback’s tail help it to survive in tough conditions.

Tiny - Olive Python

The Olive Python could be considered a third order consumer, as it can feed on large prey like wallabies, but larger animals could still eat it.

Rex - Broad-shell Turtle

The Broad-shell Turtle has the unique ability of cloacal respiration, breathing through its bottom, to help it to stay underwater longer when searching for food and avoiding predators.

Johnnie - Freshwater Crocodile

The Freshwater Crocodile lives in a wetlands environment, and is an apex predator sitting on top of the food chain.


Curriculum Focus

Interactions between organisms that help ecosystems thrive 

Disruptions to ecosystems 

Energy flow through ecosystems

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