Question archive

  • Carpet Python curled around her eggs. Photo by Steve WilsonMaternal python

    September 2012

    Dedicated mother protects her eggs for months
  • Headshot of a Taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) with their characteristic angular brow.Snake Dentistry

    August 2012

    Do snakes grow a single set of teeth or do they replace teeth throughout their life?
  • Sea anemone (Sphenopus marsupialis). Photographed by Kylie Ann Burchell.Zoanthid

    July 2012

    I was hoping you can help identify this creature. I photographed it on the beach just south of the border (Kingscliff), it was about 4 inches long and felt rubbery like a sea sponge. Posting the picture to Facebook caused some odd reactions!
  • Juvenile Diamond Trevally photographed in Cairns Marina by David and Brenda O'Brien.Glowing Fish

    June 2012

    These very unusual young fish appeared beside our boat in Cairns Marina. Can you please tell us what they are?
  • Whale breach with barnacles on the skin. Top right:  Barnacles on the front fin. Bottom right:  Lice on the whale body. Credit: Shona MarksTiny Hitchhikers

    May 2012

    What are the lumps on the humpback whales skin in the Whale Mall?
  • The Identification of Stone Artefacts in Australia

    April 2012

    The Identification of Stone Artefacts in Australia
  • Beach Beasties

    March 2012

    Some amazing tiny animals live in beach sand
  • Flight of Fancy

    February 2012

    How do I find out if the bird in my backyard is a native or not?
  • Shell Squatters

    January 2012

    Do hermit crabs make their own shell or steal them?
  • Web of Mystery

    December 2011

    Most people are familiar with spider webs, but a web covering most of a paddock still seems rather odd. What could have caused it?
  • Giant Tadpoles

    November 2011

    How can the tadpoles of native frogs be distinguished from introduced Cane Toads?
  • Caterpillars and Ants helping each other

    October 2011

    The caterpillars of Common Tit Butterflies are protected by Green Tree Ants
  • Cuckoo in the nest

    September 2011

    Channel-billed Cuckoos are a ‘brood parasite’, which means they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds
  • It’s raining fleas!

    August 2011

    Small flea-like creatures turn up after rain.
  • Regurgitated pellets, Pied CurrawongPackets of seeds

    July 2011

    Spreading Weeds
  • Close up of the combThe Piñata of Peril

    June 2011

    Why is this paper wasp nest so big?
  • Sweet Tooth Roof Resident

    May 2011

    Which type of glider is living in this roof?
  • Yellow-footed Antechinus attacking a catDaring Dasyurid

    April 2011

    A classic case of 'biting off more than you can chew'!
  • Fatal Fungus

    March 2011

    How did this wasp die?
  • Spitfires

    February 2011

    Can you identify the caterpillars that are gathered together in a clump and eating the leaves of our gum tree? When we disturbed them they ‘pulsed’ all together at about a human heart rate. Are they dangerous at all?
  • Pink Rock PoolPink Rock Pool

    January 2011

    While beach combing near some rock pools; we came across this pool of water which is coloured pink. Is this pollution?
  • Nymphes myrmeleonidesLovely Lacewings

    November 2010

    Friend or Foe
  • Snake SeasonSnake Season

    October 2010

    On the Move! Why are snakes so common this time of year?
  • Three cases made with wool in concentric rings of colourA wool-eating wonder

    September 2010

    What made these colourful cases?
  • Photo of a Diamondback SquidSquid Surprise

    August 2010

    Deep sea creature caught in Moreton Bay
  • Brown recluse spiderSpider hoax

    July 2010

    Spider hoax clogs inboxes Australia-wide
  • Odd frog stands outA mellow yellow frog

    June 2010

    Odd frog stands out
  • Australian MagpiesMagpie Mystery

    May 2010

    How can I unravel the puzzle of these strangely coloured birds?
  • Pieces of skin and toenailDetectives discover dingo diet

    April 2010

    Putting our collections to good use. What had the dingo eaten?
  • open cell porridgeBee Bread in a Basket

    March 2010

    Who left these leaves?
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