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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Jabiru96, 1 Dec 2011.

  1. Jabiru96

    Jabiru96 Well-Known Member

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    I have started this thread as there seems to be no permanent thread about arrivals/hatchings, etc.

    0.0.22 Burmese Python hatched
    0.0.2 Pignosed Turtle have arrived
    0.1 Eastern Quoll born
     
  2. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    22 Burmese Python? There must be some demand from the smaller wildlife parks.

    :p

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  3. Jabiru96

    Jabiru96 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, that is correct. Is this an unusually large number for this species?
     
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    I suspect what Hix was getting at is, without the ability to disperse Burmese hatchlings to private keepers and it being uneconomic to export them, that many eggs would not have been incubated if there isn't interest in buying them from other parks.
     
  5. Jabiru96

    Jabiru96 Well-Known Member

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    My post wasn't intended to relate to Hix's at all, I was curious as to if this is a large number for this species.
     
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    Fair enough. I don't think it is a particularly large number.
     
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    It's not...
     
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    Ara Well-Known Member

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    I read somewhere that Burmese can lay 40 or 50 eggs at a time.

    Is anyone in Australia trying to breed Retics?
     
  9. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I suspect not, for the reasons CGSwans mentioned above. Then again, I didn't think anyone was trying to breed Burmese .....

    :p

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  10. zooboy28

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    There hasn't been any recent newsy items for the Australian Reptile Park, but today they sent out a newsletter detailing a new precinct: Eric’s Central Coast Nature Walk, their first new exhibit for some time.

    I'm not 100% sure where this is, but suspect it is a redevelopment of "Eric's Mintbush Walk", and possibly the nearby aviaries. A park map is available here: Park Map, although it doesn't yet feature the new walk.

    As well as an aviary, there is a new frog exhibit, and a newly-built "Noctarium", which sounds very cool and features a number of new species, most excitingly Mountain Pygmy Possums.

    I think there is a web-copy of the e-newsletter available here: http://reptilepark.createsend1.com/...EF23F30FEDED/F6C72360AAE8B2A8CE63909E3969C05F and you can subscribe to the e-newsletter here: Mailing List Subscribe/Unsubscribe - Australia Reptile Park
     
  11. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    ooh mountain pigmy possum is good!!

    This is this one of the places that got Komodo dragon recently too, isn't it?
     
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    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, they have a pair, but I'm not sure if they are on display yet - I suspect they would make a news item out of it, or at least list them on their website.

    There is a news section on their website (What's New - Australia Reptile Park), which mentions the annual weighing of their largest Reticulated Python (139kg), the very regular painting of their dinosaur, various encounters, programmes, etc, and collecting eggs from the alligator exhibit, which I've copied below:

     
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    Does anyone know howmany mountain pygmy possums they have and how their changes on breeding them are ?
     
  14. Jet

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    I always like it when zoos/animal parks promote local animals and plants so this Central Coast Nature Walk is a great idea.

    I understand the current plan for mountain pygmy possums is to build up the captive populations for release in the wild at various sites, including in the mountains of the Hunter region, so I suppose the Reptile Park is part of all that?
     
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    They don't actually have any listed on the ZAA regional census yet, so I'm not sure how many they have. As Jet said, if they want to build up the captive population they will presumably be obtianing a pair or more, and as this species is being bred in captivity there should be a reasonably good chance of success.
     
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    The Park has announced, on facebook, their first breeding of Veiled Chameleons - 44 eggs have been laid.
     
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    cute picture on the link
    Forklift needed for tortoise health check - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
     
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    Bad news from the Park's facebook page:

     
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    How many times can one park be broken into ?? Whats this the 5th or 6th time in 3 years?
     
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    from news.com -


    THIEVES stole 23 animals including an alligator from the Australian Reptile Park overnight.

    Police were called to the facility on the Pacific Highway, Somersby, following reports of a break and enter about 11am.

    Staff told police approximately 23 various reptiles were allegedly stolen from the park including dragons, lizards and a baby alligator 20cm long.

    Earlier reports that Elvis, a five-metre saltwater croc, who featured in the Daily Telegraph's GI Journo section on Saturday, had been stolen, are not true.

    There are concerns for the reptiles as some are sensitive and require high maintenance, and without proper care there is a significant risk of them not surviving.

    Australian Reptile Park senior curator Liz Vella said they were unsure exactly which animals and how many were missing.

    ``We haven't been able to get into the park to do an animal count because the police are still taking fingerprints and investigating,'' she said.

    She said the animals stolen were all part of the park's educational collection.

    ``These are the ones we take out to show our visitors,'' she said.

    ``They are very rare and specialised - they aren't dangerous but they need our care. A lot of them are also used in our regional breeding programs with other zoos.''

    Ms Vella said the animals taken were a mix between exotic and native and included geckos, lizards and a baby alligator.

    ``We're devastated. We love these animals like they are our own,'' she said.

    ``They all have their own personalities and we are really worried about them.

    Staff were alerted to the security breach after their surveillance cameras detected the intruders between 11pm and 12am.

    Police are appealing to any witnesses to the incident, or anyone who may have any information about the reptiles to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.