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.
Dave - Potoroo
Australian marsupials are an example of Divergent Evolution, all sharing a common ancestor and evolving into the wide variety of species we see today.
Harriet - Barn Owl
Owls are an example of Convergent Evolution with other raptors, as their taloned feet evolved separately to each other.
Pancake - Murray River Turtle
The Murray River Turtle has 6 or 7 subspecies that are geographically isolated from each other, each subspecies exhibits the founder effect and could be speciation in action.
Russell - Shingleback Lizard
Shingleback Lizards are related to other Blue Tongue lizards and recently changed from its own genus Trachydosaurus to the genus Tiliqua.
Frankie - Central Bearded Dragon
Central Bearded Dragons can change sex in response to high temperatures, genetic males will be born as females and can successfully reproduce.
Victor - Victorian Carpet Python
Victorian Carpet Pythons are geographically isolated and their population numbers are small, meaning this species going through a genetic bottleneck.
Tiny - Olive Python
The nominate species of Olive Python reaches approximately 4m in length, however the Pilbara Olive python (barroni subpecies) reaches up to 6m in length.
Charlie - Saltwater Crocodile
Due to extreme hunting in the 1960s and 70s of the largest saltwater crocodiles, a bottleneck effect occurred with the smaller crocodiles only being able pass on their genes.