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.
Pauline - Spiny-leaf Stick Insect
Spiny-leaf Stick Insects don’t just look like leaves, they also behave like a leaf, swaying their bodies from side-to-side to enhance their ability to camouflage.
PJ - Port Jackson Shark
The egg of the Port Jackson Shark is corkscrew shaped and looks like seaweed, to keep the eggs safe until the young hatch.
Sabrina - Brush-tailed Bettong
Bettongs have highly concentrated urine, helping them to conserve water in arid parts of Australia.
Harriet - Barn Owl
Barn Owls are extremely well adapted to hunt at night with a heart-shaped facial disk to direct sound waves to lopsided ears for intense hearing ability.
Rex - Broad-shell Turtle
The most obvious adaptation of a turtle is its shell, which not only protects it from predators because it is hard to bite through, but also looks like a rock.
Russell - Shingleback Lizard
The Shinglebacks tongue helps it to smell and taste the air in order to find food, and the blue colour can help ward off predators.
Tiny - Olive Python
Most pythons have tiny holes called pits along their jaw, enabling them to sense if prey is warm-blooded.
Smilie - Saltwater Crocodile
Crocodiles possess the strongest bite force in the animal kingdom, with adult males having over 2 tonnes of closing pressure in their jaws.