Australia: Our Deadly Snakes


Australia is known for its deadly snakes. The link below is to an article that considers 10 of them as the most deadly in Australia – some in the list may be debatable, but all are certainly dangerous. I have handled and experienced several of these and can testify to their aggressive nature.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/view-image.htm?index=0&gid=11893

Montserrat: Return of the Mountain Chicken Frog


The link below is to an article reporting on what is hoped will be the beginning of the return of Montserrat’s Mountain Chicken Frog after a mission to save the frog from a deadly fungal disease.

For more visit:
http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/one-of-worlds-largest-1431654.html
http://www.mountainchicken.org/

Australia: Queensland – New Sea Snake Species Discovered


The link below is to an article reporting on the discovery of a new species of deadly sea snake. The new species has been called the Rough-Scaled Sea Snake (Hydrophis donaldii).

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0224-new_sea_snake.html

AUSTRALIA: ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS – Massive Extinction Threat


Australia is facing an environmental crisis with a possible massive extinction threat due largely to human activities. The latest Red List by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists 788 plant and animal species as threatened in Australia, including 57 mammals, 44 birds, 38 reptiles and 48 amphibians.

The Tasmanian Devil is one of the most at risk Australian mammals, with a huge fall in numbers because of a deadly facial tumour disease.

The biggest threats to Australian species are introduced species including foxes, feral cats and cane toads.

The Red List has some 16 928 species on a global scale now facing extinction, with 3 246 of those species listed as critically endangered.

BELOW: A report dealing with the Red List