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Fraser Island Amphibians and Reptiles

Fraser Island Amphibians and Reptiles

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Fraser Island in the southern coast of Queensland, Australia is one of the best tourist locations in the whole of Australia.
Fraser Island in the southern coast of Queensland, Australia is one of the best tourist locations in the whole of Australia.

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Published by: Fraser Island Discovery on Jun 06, 2012
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Fraser Island Discovery
:Fraser Island Tours- 186 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville QLD 4566
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Fraser Island Amphibians and Reptiles
Fraser Island in the southern coast of Queensland, Australia is one of the best tourist locations inthe whole of Australia. The 120 kilometers long and approximately 24 kilometers wide island isknown for its abundantflora and fauna of different species.
Known for a fact as Queensland’slargest island and Australia’s sixth, it is also an island known for its magnificence.
 Fraser has rainforests, eucalyptus woodlands, swamps and sand dunes which are homes forcountless animals and bird species. The island is practically made up of sand but plant life isthriving due to the mycorrhizal fungi in the sand that gives nutrients to the plants.
What’s more amazing about the Fraser Island is its abundance in wildlife. The wildlife is considered
very unique. Fraser Island is separated from mainland Australia and therefore the gene pool of animals is confined within the area for centuries. The animals have no contact with the mainlandbreed so they are of the purest. Aside from the popular dingoes that live in the isl
and that’s considered the purest of all speciesthat’s left in the country,
the island is also very popular for being the home for countless reptilesand amphibians.Fraser Island is home to 79 species of reptiles and 19 kinds of snakes. Lizards, freshwater and seasnakes and various freshwater and salt water turtles live in swamps, lakes and along the oceanshores.Reptiles in the include island tortoises, frilled lizards, geckos, skinks, sand goannas, snakes and anextremely large variety of frogs.
Fraser Island Snakes
 Among the 19 species of snakes that inhabit the island 6 of them are considered very dangerousand ultimately deadly. But compared to China, Africa and other countries with venomous snakes,Fraser Island snakes have caused very little deaths. This is due to the sands that cover the area.Sands carries vibrations on the ground very easily so these deadly snakes hear humanapproaching even before they come very near. Fraser island snakes are considered shy as theyhide and they do not attack. They fear humans more than humans fear them so these snakes arevery less dangerous than what they are supposed to be and not usually seen roaming around.One of the most poisonous snakes in Fraser Island is the Death Adder. Death Adder is a shortsnakes that grows up to only about 50 centimeters. It has a thick body and triangular head. Unlike
other snakes with somewhat pointed tails, this snake’s tail looks like it’s just been cut off.
They areusually found in the Eucalyptus forest and they do not retreat from the sound of humans. Thisleads to a rather unusual fate for these poisonous snakes as they are usually stepped upon andthey are not ready biters. They are usually gray colored or reddish brown. Another dangerous snake is the Coastal Taipan. These snakes live among the moorlands, wetlandsand rainforests. They hunt during the day and can grow up to 3 meters long. These snakes arecolored dark brown to a lighter creamy color. They usually flight when humans approach but can

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