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If you are confused in what season we are in, you can imagine how the reptiles feel, is it summer, or is it winter. Climate change is taking its toll on our wildlife.

Wildlife Carers Group is receiving a number of calls for reptiles that are trying to find a cosy spot to hibernate in.

Water Dragon, Physignathus lesuerii, a member of the Agamidae, or dragon family.

Bearded Dragon, agamid lizards of the genus Pogona, most commonly Pogona vitticeps.

Pogona describes seven species naturally found in arid, semi-arid woodlands and rocky deserts in central Australia.

Diet for rehabilitation: suitable leafy green vegetables include collard greens, spring greens, escarole, turnip greens, mustard greens, parsley and carrot tops, and may also eat orange-fleshed squashes, pattypan squash, pumpkins, green beans, peas, carrots or their tops, beetroot, alfalfa (Lucerne), celery, rosemary, oregano and basil, suitable flower greens include dandelion greens, nasturtium, hibiscus, pansies, carnations and rose petals. Suitable fruit includes grapes, strawberries, raspberries, apples, pears, peaches, melons, papayas and mangoes, supplemented regularly with insects, such as crickets, black soldier fly larvae, locusts, superworms, waxworms, silkworms, butterworms, variety of roaches. Young dragons require a significantly greater insect-to-plant matter ratio in their diets than adults.

Mealworms have a hard chitin (Chitin (C8H13O5N)n (
/ˈktɨn/) is a long-chain polymer of a N-acetylglucosamine, a derivative of glucose, and is found in many places throughout the natural world. It is the main component of the cell walls of fungi, the exoskeletons of arthropods such as crustaceans (e.g., crabs, lobsters and shrimps) and insects, the radulas of mollusks, and the beaks of cephalopods, including squid and octopuses. In terms of structure, chitin may be compared to the polysaccharide cellulose and, in terms of function, to the protein keratin. Chitin has also proven useful for several medical and industrial purposes) exoskeleton which makes it difficult for dragons to digest and relatively low in nutrients. Waxworms and superworms should only be given as occasional treats, and should be fed sparingly as they are extremely fatty.

Poisonous and dangerous foods are insects captured in the wild due to the increased risk of parasitic exposure and viruses. Fireflies and all other animals with bioluminescent chemicals are fatal to bearded dragons. Ref: Wikipedia.

Housing: The bare minimum size for a cage is 36’x12’X18′ for 1 dragon. An aquarium or a terrarium fitted with a screened top can also be used. Since bearded dragons like to climb and sit on top of logs and branches, make sure the housing has a good height.

Reptiles slow down in the cold, and if injured will need heat and lighting using a UVB fluorescent bulb that is necessary for the metabolism of vitamin D3. The dragon will also need a reptile daylight bulb of heat emitter. A combination light fixture that supports both fluorescent and incandescent light fixtures is required. Under-tank heating will come from a heat pad attached to the bottom of the tank. Heat rocks are not advisable because they can potentially form hot spots that could burn your reptile.

Habitat and décor: The substrate for the cage can be aquarium gravel, commercial calcium sand, pebbles, reptile carpet, or play sand. Play sand is an inexpensive, natural-looking substrate good for all but baby bearded dragons. The food bowl should be a smooth insect bowl (for recommended worms, etc) and water dish. Dragons need a hide area like a cave or log. Sturdy branches, logs or rock formations are needed to keep the dragon happy during care. Make sure that the climbing areas are secure and won’t fall and hurt the dragon. You can add artificial plants and decorations as needed to create a more scenic habitat.

Cleaning the habitat: The dragon’s droppings and leftover vegetables must be cleaned daily. The water bowl, food bowl, and substrate must be checked for fouling and cleaned. The easiest way to clean the substrate is to use an aquarium fish net to scoop out the waste. The cage decorations, décor, and glass should also be cleaned periodically. Ref: Bearded Dragon Guide.

Diseases and Injuries: Impaction – the indigestible large food or substrates, causing blockage in the dragon’s intestinal tract.

Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) – Due to insufficient calcium intake or inaccurate cage lighting setup that causes swelling of the lower jaw, softening of jaw bones, deformities in tail and spine, not growing at normal rate, fractured limbs, and not being able to move. Symptoms as the condition progresses is muscle twitching, seizures, loss of appetite, and loss of energy (lethargy. MBD is also known as fibrous osteodystrophy or nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism that is commonly seen in juvenile bearded dragons that are less than 2 years old. Treatment usually requires injectable or oral calcium, a multi-vitamin or mineral supplement or calcitonin, a drug which puts calcium back into the bearded dragon’s bones. Primarily, and for long term management, the diet has to be corrected and UV-B lighting has to be provided.

To prevent injuries during rehabilitation, keep dragons in separate cages to prevent fighting between males etc.

Mites – when external parasites feed off the blood of the bearded dragon. Parasites, especially pinworms. No clinical signs may be seen with the parasites only being detected on a fecal examination. In some cases, parasites may cause diarrhea or weight loss. Pinworms are probably commensal organisms (an association between two organisms in which one benefits while the other derives neither benefit nor harm). Mites and ticks can be found on the skin of bearded dragons. They come from other bearded dragons, and are often seen moving around, under or between scales around the head and in skin folds. Treatment – several deworming medications are available, formulated as either oral or injectable drugs. The type of parasite identified on the microscopic fecal examination will determine which drug is needed Mites and ticks can be treated either topically or with oral or injectable medication, as advised by the vet. Environmental cleaning, disinfecting and treatment may be needed as well.

Tail Rot – when the bearded dragon’s tail tip is darkened and gets infected. If not treated, the tail may eventually drop off.

Coccidia – is a type of micro-parasite that is found in the intestinal tract of the dragon causing stomach pains, diarrhea, fluid loss and makes it hard for the dragon’s system to absorb food. Ref: Bearded Dragon Care; VCA Animal Hospitals and Specialty Animal Hospitals.

Infectious stomatitis (mouth rot) – is not seen often in bearded dragons. It is a bacterial condition seen as pinpoint hemorrhages on the gums, swollen gums or an excess amount of thick mucus, often like cottage cheese, in the mouth. Mouth rot can also cause swelling of the jaw, just like MBD. Treatment usually requires injectable antibiotics, as well as rinsing the mouth with antibiotic solutions.

Respiratory infections – or pneumonia can occur in animals that are stressed, improperly fed or kept in poor, cold or dirty conditions. You may see sneezing, nasal or ocular discharge, bubbles in the mouth, unnaturally rapid or shallow breathing, pulling or gasping for breath and lethargy. Treatment – can be diagnosed with x-rays, blood tests and cultures of discharges or other samples. They will be treated with oral or injectable antibiotics. If they are severe, the animal may have to be hospitalized for more aggressive therapy and supportive treatment.

Hypervitaminosis D – is a condition that develops if either over-supplemented the diet with vitamins and minerals or feed it dog or cat food. Clinical signs are vague and include lack of appetite and lethargy. Treatment – is a severe problem that requires hospitalization and intensive therapy with fluids, force-feeding, and drugs to help lower the dragon’s calcium level. Dietary modification is necessary. Ref: VCA Animal Hospitals and Specialty Animal Hospitals

Long-necked Tortoise, Chelodina longicollis, from Greenway.


If you would like to assist Wildlife Carers Group to take care of our native wildlife, you can purchase our beautiful mugs, pictured below for $50 each.

Wildlife Carers Group mugs for sale to assist in caring for our wildlife.


ABC1’s 7.30 report on 8/3/12 exposed extreme cruelty to our protected vulnerable to extinction native Green Sea Turtles and Dugongs at the hands of taxpayer waged indigenous officials, and other indigenous Australians, selling the meat and other parts of the marine life on the black market, please click on this link to see the report: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3448943.htm
hunting rights hide horror for dugongs, turtles, Queensland’s Torres Strait far north Qld, far to the south of Qld, Protected endangered Green Sea Turtles chased weekly on Green Island in front of tourists, protected and endangered pregnant Green Sea Turtle with upto125 eggs, tethered for 3 days then inhumanely killed by indigenous Australians, still alive when carved up, dugongs dragged behind boats and drowned.

Taxpayer waged indigenous sea rangers are the head hunters of these inhumane crimes pocketing huge sums of money for the sale of their meat, bones in this illegal trade, with all eskies shipped through the airports addressed to the rangers.

The indigenous Australian legislation fails to protect endangered species from being slaughtered and inhumanely butchered by the indigenous people.

The Native Title Act needs to be immediately changed to protect all endangered species and ensure that the animal welfare act applies – one law for all. No hunting of protected native wildlife, No hunting of protected endangered species, animal welfare applies with imprisonment and huge fines.

The videoed indigenous people and indigenous rangers immediately arrested, charged, prosecuted and imprisoned, accordingly to white man’s law, the rangers immediately terminated from their jobs and banned for life from working with any animals.


The Liberal National Party of Qld says they will re-introduce lethal methods of crop protection if elected at the upcoming State elections.

The shooting and electrocution of flying-foxes (to prevent crop damage) was outlawed in Queensland as it was proven to be inhumane, and largely ineffective.

Tens of thousands of animals were killed using methods that often left them to die excruciatingly painful deaths. It sometimes takes days for these Australian native animals to die from their injuries.

The bats killed include large numbers of Grey-headed and Spectacled Flying-foxes. Both are listed as threatened species.

To sign the petition and help Australian Fauna Care to stop the inhumane shooting and electrocution please click on this link: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/don-t-shoot-bats.html

PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO STOP Sand Mining on Stradbroke Island

Change.org are running a petition to stop sand mining on Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island that currently has 3 large sand mines operating causing permanent damage to the Island. To sign the petition please click on this link: http://www.care2.com/news/member/183825372/3117581


A sudden death cook off ended up being the sudden death from the cooking show for Peter, a 44 year old former Commonwealth prosecutor who never lost a single case during his career, currently working as a university lecturer teaching law and Gary, 50, a former GP who also now lectures to medical students, from Queensland, after cooking 3 disastrous courses, with the main course being a revolting Kangaroo Stroganoff.

A message to leave native protected Kangaroos alone to live out their lives in their habitat.



There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80′s.)

Founding President
PO Box 3509

Mob: 0406 056 099

Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au  

Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com (not updated see https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l)  


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We are also on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info  
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9 March 2012

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au  

or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com  and join up. Thank you for all your support.

To see Wildlife Carers Group report and review of the documentary ‘Kangaroo Mob’ please click on these links:


Published in theTasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-/

To view the amendments and Draft ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2011-2021 please click or copy and paste this link into your browser: AMENDMENTS DARTING CURRAWONGS RSPCA – DRAFT ACT PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2011-2021 « wildlifecarersgroup  

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l  .

To see Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l  

‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l  

This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey

Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/  
don fletcher from tams says thatkangaroos are not the main problem and in fact‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx  
that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg  
‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related  
SEE the so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir


Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania — EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au  
and click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html  
Submissions are now closed. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

To see the full report on Wildlife Carers Group possum rescue, possum boxes and investigating dog neglect, please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/wildlife-carers-group-possum-rescue-and-investigating-dog-crueltyneglect-reported-to-us-19212/  


Following Wildlife Carers Group Investigation and Report on the Fraser Island Dingoes, on 29/8/11, on 5/9/11, the Liberal National Party (LNP) has committed to ensuring the long term survival of the Fraser Island Dingoes, click this link to read the LNP’s commitments: http://www.lnp.org.au/policies/queenslands-precious-wildlife-the-fraser-island-dingo 

Please click this link to view Wildlife Carers Group follow up on Fraser Island Dingoes Driven to Extinction Report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/fraser-island-dingoes-driven-to-extinction/?sn=l
, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/wildlife-carers-group-investigation-and-report-on-the-fraser-island-dingoes-qld-liberal-national-party-takes-action-to-protect-fraser-island-dingoes/?sn=l  

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be  
who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them, will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and can offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 90 odd Dingoes, population estimation as of 28-29 August 2011, (since the mismanaged Fraser Island fire by the Qld government, this Dingo population has more than likely dropped dramatically), that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP VISIT TO TASMANIA in the Tasmanian Times, please click on this link, http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania/

Wildlife Carers Group report on our visit to Tasmania can be seen on this link:

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link:


Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty was published in the Tasmanian Times, to read it please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise/

For further information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/


Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.


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