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Australian Reptile Park

About an hour drive North of Sydney in the town located Somersby Australian reptile Park - the habitat of various reptiles, including snakes, lizards and crocodiles, and other typical Australian animals - kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, cassowaries, etc. One of the important directions of work of the Park is compiling a collection of poison snakes and spiders, which are then used in the production of antivenoms - with this has been saved more than 15 thousand lives.

The reptile Park was founded in 1948 in the aquarium of the town of Umina beach, and in 1959 was transferred to North Gosford, where he set in a former orange garden. Almost forty years later - in 1996 - the Park once again moved, this time in Somersby. In the year 2000 there was a huge fire, which almost completely burned down the main building of the Park, along with hundreds of its inhabitants. However, after just seven weeks, the Park re-opened, thanks to the help of citizens and zoos from all over Australia.

Among the main inhabitants of the Park are American alligators, crocodiles, turtles, Komodo lizards, geckos, iguanas and many snakes. Spiders are represented by such species as the tarantula, Voroncova a water spider, trapdoor spider, the tarantula (the largest in the world), etc. Here you can see the huge skeleton of the dinosaur Diplodocus, which local media have nicknamed Ploddi.

Long time "star" inhabitant of the Park was a crocodile named Eric, who was born in 1947 in the North of Australia. In the 1980s, he was considered guilty in the disappearance of two children, was caught and placed in a Crocodile Farm in Darwin. But there he took the head of females, which was supposed to live, and staged a "duel" with another crocodile, which lost a hind leg. In 1989 a special flight Eric moved to the Australian reptile Park, where he became a real star - his army of fans numbered more than 10 thousand people around the world! Eric died in 2007 from a systemic infection. At the time of his death he weighed 700 kg and reached 5.6 meters in length - it was the largest crocodile in New South Wales. Today in the Park in memory of Eric, a memorial was installed in his cage settled a new crocodile named Elvis.