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  1. JimInOz іди нахуй Feb 6, 2015

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    It's a bit warm this arvo and when I went out to fill the birdbath, I noticed this little guy at the patio door.

    Not wanting him to come to harm, I picked him up and put him under the hedge. He can keep the snail population down.

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  2. Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Feb 6, 2015

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    Looks as though he has enjoyed a few rich meals of escargot already!

    But who am I to cast stones? :p
     
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  3. Tiny Iota Could potentially be the Official OF Stalker ™ Feb 6, 2015

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    An unprocessed strap?
     
  4. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Feb 6, 2015

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    Bet he's thinking (Bet they have got the air con on in there let me in)
     
  5. barmy Feb 6, 2015

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    It's tail looks short. Is that normal? Great picture BTW
     
  6. JimInOz іди нахуй Feb 6, 2015

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    He's only a baby so his tail may still be growing.
    We had another one on the patio a couple of weeks ago that was about 400/450mm from nose to the end of the tail, it may have been the mother and this is one of the litter, which can number up to 25!

    http://australianmuseum.net.au/eastern-blue-tongue-lizard
     
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  7. micampe Feb 6, 2015

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    aussies have the best critters.
     
  8. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Feb 6, 2015

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  9. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Feb 6, 2015

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    Is he a Skink? Down here we seem to be flooded with Asian Geckos, 5 years ago they weren't here at all, now there are thousands of them and nothing seems to keep them under control. Wondering if its time to get another cat.
     
  10. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Feb 6, 2015

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    No. Anoles are lizards. They eat geckos if they find them. I have metal storm shutters outside and the geckos love to hang out there when they sleep in the daytime. These lizards keep the geckos on their toes.

    It's considered very good luck here to have geckos as they are nature's mosquito repellent. They eat several times their weight every day.

    Like they say in The Lion King..."It's the Circle of Life".
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  11. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Feb 6, 2015

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    Native Geckos are fine, Asian Geckos are an imported introduced species and have decimated local Geckos, they're just at infestation levels and growing all the time.
     
  12. JimInOz іди нахуй Feb 7, 2015

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    Get @STANDY to show you some of the little critters he comes across :D
     
  13. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Feb 7, 2015

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    Where do you want me to start Bird eating spiders or Fish eating insects

    Had one of these in the front yard last week, scared the dog

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  14. yande Feb 7, 2015

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    Yes, Darwin, as in Standy have the real critters! Everything is so much bigger and more dangerous!!

    Not to detract from Jim's thread, but these guys have been regular and occasional visitors to our home..

    We've actually watch these two grow up, and amazingly, 12 months later, that little one is still fitting into that pouch.. They are regular visitors, being a reminder that the lawn needs mowing!!

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    This beautiful, but deadly little girl I found in my garage..

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    This is one of the shyest critters. When he saw me, he "dug in"

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    Here he is beside our Xanthorrhoea. That's the plant with a long stick!
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    And this Parrot, feeding on the Xanthorrhoea

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    Hey Jim, that is one very impressive door/window? What gives? Heat out, cold in? Or vice versa?
     
  15. yande Feb 7, 2015

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    Please "Unpack." (latest, I've noticed, radio speak for "explain in more detail!") :confused:
     
  16. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Feb 7, 2015

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  17. gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Feb 7, 2015

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    The difference with Australia is that you're showing us mostly native wildlife. Here in South Florida, the weather is so mild, pretty much anything can survive. Those Anole lizards come from Cuba and other Caribbean countries. They probably came here in fruit shipments sometime in the 1970's or '80's. They pushed out many of the small native lizards that we had here.

    A lot of the non-natives come from idiot pet owners who tire of fish and snakes that get too large for their tanks. They just go out to the Everglades and let them go free. That's where the Burmese Pythons and Oscars come from. Salt water aquaria owners let Asian Lionfish loose in the '80's and now, on some reefs between here and the Bahamas there are no more native fish. Just Lionfish.

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    http://www.nature.com/news/invasive-species-control-bounty-hunters-1.15916

    Non-native species have been an issue here since the Conquistadors let their horses and pigs roam in the 1500's.
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  18. JimInOz іди нахуй Feb 7, 2015

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    :eek:

    That's scary, I had no idea that the problem was so widespread, and growing!

    It makes our cane toad, wild camel, rabbit, feral cat invasions look insignificant.

    Amazing how humans can fuck up the planet isn't it.
     
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  19. RCAFBuster Feb 16, 2015

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    To get back up to the initial photo, the blue tongue lizard is as seen, no long tail. They can move quite quickly when they want, and flatten out to slide under doors. We had one in the house about a month ago. Harmless and nice to have around the house.
     
  20. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Feb 19, 2015

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    A few critter pics from my last trip down under...

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    The only blue tongue shot I managed on our last trip...he was quick!

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    Stingray!

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    When he started walking towards me, that's when I got out of there - these are big!

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    My personal favourites...

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    A slightly bigger lizard that a blue tongue...

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    If any of you "locals" know what parrot this is, let me know - one of the few birds I've not identified with any certainty. The colours were very subdued on this bird:

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    I love birds and lizards, so Australia is a great place for me in that regard. I have no fear of snakes, just respect. Spiders though - I tend to lose my shit with some of the spiders there...even the ones that won't kill you, but are fecking huge!

    Cheers, Al
     
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