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Garden Butterflies
Summary
Butterflies are common visitors to backyards and a wide variety of species drop in to feed on nectar from blossoms. Some are regular garden-dwellers, their caterpillars feeding on widely-grown garden plants or street trees. A few species are even pests of citrus, palms and vegetables.
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Striped Marshfrog
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The Striped Marshfrog is light brown to grey-brown and marked with bold, dark longitudinal stripes. It is widespread in coastal eastern Australia and also occurs in Tasmania.
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Bullrout
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Bullrout are responsible for most fish stings that occur in upper tidal reaches and freshwaters of New South Wales and Queensland. The venomous fin spines can cause painful wounds. They are an ambush predator of small fish and crustaceans, hiding amongst snags and aquatic plants.
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Estuarine Stonefish
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Stonefish are the most venomous of all fishes. They are found throughout shallow coastal waters of the northern half of Australia. Stonefish are extremely well camouflaged and often almost indistinguishable from their natural surrounds. The venomous dorsal fin spines can cause extremely painful wounds and other serious medical issues.
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Green Turtle
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The Green Turtle is a large turtle with a bullet-shaped head and four large scales down either side of the shell. It is found in coastal, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide.
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Hawksbill Turtle
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The Hawksbill Turtle is a medium-sized turtle with a narrow head and beak-like snout. The shell has four large scales down either side which are thick and overlapping. It is found in tropical seas of northern Australia, the central Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions.
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Loggerhead Turtle
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The Loggerhead Turtle is a large turtle with a broad, triangular head and powerful crushing jaws. It is found in coastal, tropical and subtropical waters around the world.
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Carpet Snake or Carpet Python
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Carpet snakes are extremely variable in colour and pattern. Most specimens are olive green, with pale, dark-edged blotches, stripes or cross-bands. This species is widespread and found throughout northern, eastern and southern Australia.
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Eastern Brown Snake
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The Eastern Brown Snake may be any shade of brown but can also be grey or black. Some individuals are banded. The belly is typically cream with pink or orange spots. It is found over most of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
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Freshwater Snake (Keelback Snake)
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The Freshwater Snake is olive brown with irregular dark cross-bands. This species grows to 75 cm. It is found in coastal areas of northern Australia from northern New South Wales to the Kimberley, Western Australia.
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Tent-Web Spiders
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Tent-Web Spiders (genus Cyrtophora) are found throughout eastern and tropical northern Australia, with three species often found in urban environments. The largest and most commonly encountered species, C. moluccensis, is abundant in backyards in eastern Queensland, including around Brisbane.
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Northern Green Jumping Spider
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The Northern Green Jumping Spider (Mopsus mormon) is one of Australia’s largest jumping spiders, and a common resident of backyards in tropical climates, including around Brisbane. The spiders are green throughout their lives, but adult males and females exhibit strong sexual dimorphism, with males characterised by a pronounced fringe of white ‘whiskers’.
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Golden Orb-Weaving Spiders
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The three species of Golden Orb-Weaving Spiders found in Queensland (in the genera Trichonephila and Nephila) are familiar denizens of urban environments throughout the state. The most commonly encountered species, Trichonephila plumipes, is abundant in backyards in eastern Queensland, including around Brisbane.
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Cane Toad
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Cane Toads have tough, leathery skin with a distinctly warty appearance. They are native to North, Central and South America and were introduced to Queensland to control cane beetles.
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Mud Dauber Wasp
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Mud-dauber wasps build mud nests in sheltered situations such as caves, overhangs or even inside buildings. They are found across mainland Australia.
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Potter Wasp
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Predatory potter wasps build nests from a mixture of mud and saliva, and fills them with paralysed caterpillars. It is widespread across mainland Australia
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Assassin Bugs
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Assassin Bugs use their proboscis to impale prey (insects and spiders) and inject digestive enzymes that liquefy the body tissues. The bug then sucks up the juices through the proboscis, which acts like a straw.
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Bee Killer Assassin Bug
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The Bee Killer Assassin Bug is a slow-moving predator that lurks among foliage and on flowers to ambush other insects as food. It is widespread in eastern Qld and NSW.
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Porcupinefish Swimbladder
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These strange leathery objects found occasionally on beaches are special internal organs of the porcupinefish. They are found throughout the Indo-west Pacific region, with ten species known from Queensland.
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Freshwater turtles
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Freshwater turtles are commonly seen in most Queensland waterways. Some species have long, snake-like necks, others are short-necked. Unlike the sea turtles and many foreign freshwater turtles, the Australian chelids fold their necks side-ways under the protective edge of the shell (pleurodirous). They have clawed, webbed feet and many species have distinct barbels on the chin.
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