Amongst reptiles, snakes in particular have suffered a bad reputation ever since one slithered into the Garden of Eden. But in truth, snakes are not evil creatures and will avoid biting people. True Blue Reptiles believes that through education comes understanding and appreciation,  

and so to better explain snake behaviour, we've started this reptile blog, we call it 'Scale Tales'. The topics are inspired by you; the sorts of questions that keep popping up and the reptile myths that won't say die. Happy reading!

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September 6, 2015

You might be surprised to learn that even in built up environments you can find animals like blue- tongue lizards living happily in suburban backyards. 

 

The suburban blue-tongue lizard 

In our garden, over the space of a year, I have encountered as many as seven individual blue-tongue lizards and photographed them. Some of these animals have been residents of the backyard (I've either photographed them numerous times, or discovered t...

November 5, 2014

You know that feeling when you pull up besides a car that’s the same make/model as yours, only that car is shiny and clean, whereas your’s is dusty inside and out, has bat poo on the roof and the light cases are all full of bugs? Well if you have trouble relating to my clean car envy, then you’re gonna have a real hard time understanding me when I tell you from time to time I’m afflicted by clean TURTLE envy!

 

I see some captive turt...

September 4, 2014

Few invasive species generate the kind of abhorrence that the Gold Coast community feels towards the cane toad. As a rule we hate them; it'd be un-Australian of you to sympathise with them. This animosity I suspect is largely influenced by the toad's appearance, and let's face it the fella's ugly as sin. But is this really a valid excuse to perform  hideous acts of animal cruelty upon this unfortunate creature?

Green Tree Frog & Cane...

January 20, 2014

Blue-Tongues are truly endearing creatures in captivity. True Blue Reptiles keeps six of them, and each one has a totally unique personality; chalk and cheese. For this blog, we wanted to introduce you to one particular kind of blue-tongue, Tiliqua rugosa. Interestingly they're known by many different common names, such as; stumpy-tail, shingleback, bobtail, sleepy lizard, pinecone lizard, boggi and others.

Blue-Tongues are truly end...

September 2, 2013

Oft-times people ask me about 'turtles', I've used inverted commas here, you'll soon understand why. It seems to me there is much confusion surrounding the terms; turtle, tortoise and terrapin. And while I agree the definitions are not clear, understanding these animal's lifestyles however, is actually fairly easy when you look at their bodies. Very few things in nature are a result of happenstance; an animal's physiology is a refle...

March 26, 2013

US military transport carriers may have been the vessel used by Brown Tree Snakes (Boiga irregularis) to invade and successfully conquer Guam. Towards the end of World War II, these Australian native reptiles were busy with an assault of their own; the extirpation of Guams' native birds, bats and lizards.

        Dramatisations aside, this adaptive reptile did in fact wipe out the fauna of the island in just a few shor...

February 5, 2013

I was recently subjected to a story about a snake in a suburban backyard that frightened the home owner so much that it required the immediate removal of it's head via a shovel. After all, it's a boring story that ends with, 'and so after I saw the snake I proceeded to go about doing whatever it was I was doing before I saw the snake.'

       When I tell people that I'm passionate about reptiles, it's quite shocking to me how of...

January 14, 2013

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the snake pictured here is a venomous one, in fact this snake shares a likeness with the deadly king brown snake, it happens however to be a harmless water python. So how does one tell the difference between a dangerous snake and harmless one?

       The shape of its head and its colouration do have some bearing on identification, but to assume a snakes identity from these traits alone can have dis...

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