Snakes

Deadly snakes hatch in toddler's wardrobe

Snakes

Marissa Calligeros TODDLER Kyle Cummings has kept redclaw crayfish, chickens and a pig as pets on his family's hectare property.

Snakes alive - if only he'd been seeing double

Oenpelli Python

Deborah Smith CAPTURING the Holy Grail of Australian reptiles turned out to be something of an anti-climax for Gavin Bedford.

Snakes in water add to flood dangers

flood

Richard Willingham, Mathew Murphy and Reid Sexton Victorians are being urged to be patient and prepare for long delays when they return to work and school today, as they battle flood-damaged and closed roads.

Snakes in the post constricting biodiversity

Snakes in the post constricting biodiversity

Feral snakes are emerging as a potentially serious new threat to Australia's biodiversity, with an increasing number of illegal reptiles being smuggled into the country, a new report says.

Tasmanian tiger's cousin was a more ferocious killer

Nicky Phillips The Tasmanian tiger had the fierce name, but new research has found a distant cousin was a far more ferocious killer.

Shell shock

GOOD WEEKEND. TURTLES. Swimming with turtles on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture Paul Harris. Monday 3 March 2014

Tim Elliott The sea turtle, one of the earth's oldest creatures, is facing a battle for survival.

Pesticide blamed for deaths of hundreds of wild birds

Dubbo birds

Peter Hannam A chemical used to control insects and non-native pest birds is likely to blame for the deaths of hundreds of wild birds near Dubbo in the state's central west, the NSW Environment Protection...

Python in the dog house after eating family pet

snake eats dog.

Megan Levy A large python has swallowed a pet dog that was chained up inside its kennel in a backyard in northern NSW.

When elephants get sad: a touching tale

Monte Morin When life gets stressful, Asian elephants help each other feel better by trumpeting sympathetic noises and using their trunks to touch their friend's - um - private parts, according to new research.

Pool harbours last croaks of precious frogs

Julie Power Elaine Davies is a reluctant and unusual eco warrior. But to the City of Sydney she is the very model of a modern eco hero.

Top treatment for pet patients

Rogue undergoes hydrotherapy treatment after an operation to fix a cruciate ligament tear.

Rachel Wells LORELLE Hunt says she would rather ''go homeless'' than see her beloved labrador retriever Rogue suffer.

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Other dangerous Australian creatures

Besides the inland taipan, Australia has many other dangerous creatures.

Snake-bite victim could have been dead in 45 minutes

The inland taipan which bit Kurri Kurri teenager Dylan Smith

Dan Proudman NOTE to budding snake lovers - if the world's most venomous land snake isn't hungry, don't try to force feed it.

A perch on the fire season's front line

Paul Jones on the Mount St Leonard tower outside Healesville: For 14 fire seasons he has stood watch, often spotting six to eight fires a day.

Tim Young Hour after hour, Paul Jones sits atop a 40-metre tower and scans the horizon for smoke and fire.

High drama: Qantas python's flying circus

Snake on Qantas plane engine mid-flight to PNG

Eamonn Duff QANTAS had its very own dramatic 'snakes on a plane' episode on Thursday when a three-metre python joined passengers onboard an early morning flight bound for Papua New Guinea.

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Resourceful possums toast to Australia Day

A brushtail possum enjoys some toast in a Canberra home on Australia Day.

John Thistleton Ah, life in the bush capital on Australia Day.

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Bumper year for cream of the crops

Corn Farmer Scott Anderson.

Darren Gray THE evening light brings out the best in Scott Anderson's corn crop. The softer sunshine gives it a golden tinge, the abundant leaves look healthy and green, and when the breeze picks up they create...

A new lease of eco life

compost

Stephen Lacey There's plenty renters can do to make their homes greener.

The last refuge

Quoll

'No one is allowed to sleep until we find it.'' Ecologist Dr James Smith is half joking but the force of his voice suggests he is determined, even a bit desperate.

Residents fight back against noisy bats

Grey headed flying fox

Gold Coast residents are fighting back after being tormented for years by a noisy bat colony.