The Biggest Reptiles in Australia

Australia has a large array of reptiles, both dangerous and friendly, but more imposing than the sheer number is the size of these animals. Tony Hakim Animal Lovers looks at the biggest reptiles in Australia

The Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile. Image via Stefan Koder, Flickr

Saltwater Crocodile. Image via Stefan Koder, Flickr

The largest reptile in the world, this crocodile can reach sizes up to 6.7 metres and weigh as much as 2,000kgs. It’s certainly not one you would want to wrestle with. It has a wider snout compared to most crocodiles and a longer muzzle, with fewer armour plates on its neck.

The Lute Sea Turtles

Lute Sea Turtles are also known as Leatherback Sea Turtles. Image via National Geographic.

Lute Sea Turtles are also known as Leatherback Sea Turtles. Image via National Geographic.

The largest sea turtle, growing up to 2.2m in length and 1.52m in width and weighing up to 700kg, the Lute sea turtles are the largest in the world and are distinguishable from other races by their prefrontal scales on the head and larger flippers amongst even the extant sea turtles.(image)

Morelia Amethistina

Morelia Amethistina. Image via WikiMedia

Morelia Amethistina. Image via WikiMedia

The largest of the snake family, it can grow to lengths of 8.2 metres in length and average around 5 metres. The males of the species are typically slimmer and smaller and the species has milk iridiscent sheen on its scales, giving it an amethyst- like colour, an allusion to the name Amesthistina.

The Goanna

The Goanna. Image via National Geographic TV.

The Goanna. Image via National Geographic TV.

The Goanna is one of the largest lizard species in Australia. The largest of which can grow to over 2.5m in length. They primarily combine predatory and scavenging behaviours, preying upon animals they can catch and eat whole. They are attracted to rotting meat and are often blamed for the death of sheep by farmers. Most interesting is the fact that this species does not have the ability to regrow limbs or tails.

 

 

 

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