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More From Healesville Sanctuary - Part 2

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This entry was posted on 5/22/2007 6:20 AM and is filed under Australia.

We saw some beautiful reptiles in the Sanctuary.  There were lots of lizards, frogs and snakes.  This black snake is one of the most poisonous snakes of Australia.



Check out a close up of its body.  Amazing, don't you think?



Ever heard of a Brolga?  It looks like a crane or flamingo from the U.S. but ours don't have this coloring.



Here's the official definition of a Brolga.



And here's the Aboriginal explanation of the Brolga...



This is a Wombat.  It's a large burrowing marsupial that grows up to 40 kilos in weight (88 lbs).  It makes long burrows which can have many chambers and lots of entrances.  The wombat digs these with its clawed hind feet.  They're mainly nocturnal and they eat native grasses and plant roots.



We saw a live Echidna, but it scurried away before we could get a good photo.  It looks like our porcupine.



And yes, there really are Tasmanian Devils.  There were a few little ones in the incubators that we could see.  They're quickly becoming an endangered species because of these mouth tumors they're getting that's a cancerous virus.  They pass it from one to the other by biting each other during their wild playtime.  Here at the Sanctuary they're raising them and releasing them back into the wild.



See Part 3 for the kangaroos and koalas...
 

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