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2010-05-04 08:49:22

A Stanford research team is exploring what makes aboriginal hunting grounds molded by fire more biologically diverse than lands untouched by humans. In Australia, Martu hunter-gatherers light fires to expose the hiding places of their prey: monitor lizards called goanna that can grow up to 6 feet long. These generations-old hunting practices, part of the Martu day-to-day routine, have reshaped Australia's Western Desert habitats, according to Stanford University anthropologists Douglas and...

2008-10-06 09:00:30

By Kathy Marks Rare Australian animals perish after seven-year-old goes on killing spree STAFF AT a popular zoo in central Australia were in shock after a seven-year-old boy broke in overnight, bludgeoned a range of animals to death, and fed them to the resident crocodile, Terry. The boy also hurled a number of live creatures into the crocodile's enclosure, where they too, were consumed. The 30-minute killing spree was captured by security cameras, which showed the boy smiling during...

2008-10-03 18:00:02

By KRISTEN GELINEAU SYDNEY, Australia - A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said today. The 30-minute rampage, caught on the zoo's security camera, happened early Wednesday after the boy jumped a security fence at the Alice Springs Reptile Center in central Australia, said zoo director Rex Neindorf. The child then went on a killing spree, bashing three...

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2008-10-03 12:05:00

A 7-year-old boy allegedly broke into a reptile farm in Australia and fed 10 live reptiles that were the farm's main exhibits to the resident crocodile. Police said they couldn't file any charges against the boy, who also allegedly bludgeoned three lizards to death in their pens, The Australian reported Friday. Security camera footage reportedly captured the youngster's 35-minute rampage through the Alice Springs Reptile Center in Australia's Northern Territory Wednesday. Center Director...

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2008-04-14 10:15:00

The fearsome Komodo dragon is the world's largest living lizard and can take very large animal prey: now a new international study has revealed how it can be such an efficient killing machine despite having a wimpy bite and a featherweight skull.A member of the goanna family with ancestors dating back more than 100 million years, the dragon (Varanus komodoensis) uses a combination of 60 razor-sharp serrated teeth, powerful neck muscles and what researchers are calling a "space-frame" skull to...


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2009-02-21 20:08:18

The Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) is a species of ground-dwelling bird native to Australia. Although related to waders such as the oystercatchers, avocets and plovers, it is a more terrestrial predator and is more like the roadrunners of North America. It remains somewhat common in the northern Australia, but has become rare in the fertile south. Fox predation is considered to be one prime factor for the decline in population to some experts. However, in some areas where foxes are...

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2007-01-02 11:39:59

The Lace Monitor or Lace Goanna, Varanus varius, is a lizard found in Australia. Their range extends from Cape Bedford on Cape York Peninsula to south-eastern South Australia. They frequent both open and closed forests and forage over long distances (up to 2 miles a day). They are mainly active from September to May and shelter during the cooler months. Lace Monitors grow to over 6.5 feet in length, the tail makes up 1.5 times the total body length. Their patterning consists of white...

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2007-01-02 11:38:41

The Timor Monitor or Spotted Tree Monitor, Varanus timorensis, is a species of small lizard native to Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. More specifically they are found on the islands of Timor, Savu and Rote in Indonesia. They are found in Samoa in southern New Guinea, and in North territory, Queensland, West Australia. The Timor Monitor is generally a dark green or almost black in color, with bright gold-yellow spotting all along its back and a lighter straw-yellow coloring on its...

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2007-01-02 11:38:08

The Water Monitor, Varanus salvator, is perhaps the most prevalent of monitor lizards in Asia. They range from Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula and various islands of Malaysia. They live mostly in tropical forested areas. These lizards grow up to 9 feet long. Their body is muscular with a long powerful tail. They are excellent swimmers, using a raised fin located on their tails to steer through fresh and salt water. Their diet consists of small mammals, birds, fish,...

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2007-01-02 11:35:55

The Perentie is the largest monitor lizard native to Australia. They are found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid regions of Australia. They are not a common sight and can usually escape detection before it has a chance to be seen. An adult Perentie can grow up to 8 feet long although its average size is 5.5 to 6.5 feet long. It is likely the third largest lizard on earth, after the Komodo Dragon, and the Water Monitor. Crocodile Monitors rival the Perentie in being the third...

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