The Great Oz Eddventure #20 – First Wild Snake Encounter

Working at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve I am very priviliged to encounter a variety of native animals in their natural wild habitat.  One of those animals is the red belly black snake, known for it’s highly venom bite.  Because of this I was fairly apprehensive about seeing one, but I knew, like with most animals, that they are more afraid of you then you are of them.  And that is true, as you can observe, respect and enjoy them from a moderate distance away watching them move away into the bush…
The are a joy to watch as their black is such an amazing vibrant colour, and they can be seen on occassion swiming through the wetlands! 

The Great Oz Eddventure #19 – Secret life of Wombats

A couple of weeks ago I was recommended the book the ‘Secret life of Wombats’, which fortells the story of a young boy that went into the burrows of wombats for his own personal research.  This sounded an amazing concept so I had to read the book, and it is excellent.
Not only does it tell the story of the wombat boy, Peter Nicholson, but also the history of the wombat from it’s fossilised ancestry through to how the first European settlers attempted to classify it!
A very worthwhile and rewarding book!

The Great Oz Edventure #18 – Tasmania Devils

We have just been to Tasmania, and I must say it is a beautiful place.  The landscapes change from rainforests up in Cradle Mountain to various dry desolate suburbs, where the colours change remarkably to reflect this.  There was plenty of wildlife around to keep us occupied with – pademelons, possums, and even fairy penguins coming to shore at Bicheno.  I was hoping to come across some Tasie Devils, but with their numbers in decline we unfortunately weren’t lucky to spot them.
However, we did see one when we visited Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, and here is a picture of him:
 

The Great Ox Eddventure #17 – Wallaby Cross Fostering part 2

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Since I saw the cross fostering operation at Tidbinbilla where I work, I have been wondering how the Southern Brush Tail Wallaby knows that he/she is a Brush Tail and not a Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby like it’s Foster mother.
Well, at the weekend I joined our volunteer’s training program and got a look behind the scenes at the Captive Breeding Building where the foster wallabys are with their fostered joeys.
Hear I heard that when the joeys leave their foster mother’s pouch, the staff collect the joeys and place them altogether in their own enclosure.  That way all the Brush Tails are together and all grow up together, so have no lingering thoughts of being a Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby.
And the foster mother?  She is now ready to take on board another Brush Tail joey and the cycle continues..