A great egret looks for breakfast at Calamvale Creek

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Reptiles

Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates that have internal fertilization and scaly bodies. They belong to the class Reptilia. About 6000 species of reptiles are alive today.

Living reptiles include snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles and tuataras. Extinct reptiles include dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and ichthyosaurs. No extinct reptiles have yet been found in Calamvale Creek.

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Reptiles of Calamvale Creek

There are not as many different types of reptiles around Calamvale Creek as there are birds or insects.

But the numbers of water dragons and water skinks have risen in the past few years.

There are a few turtles and a few snakes, and the gecko population — although significant — is lower than it was a few years ago.

Critters of Calamvale Creek

Reptiles of Calamvale Creek

More coming …

Away from the creek …

See our amazing photos of baby loggerhead sea turtles hatching near the Great Barrier Reef.