Good thing I was too slack-arsed to go walkies this morning. Woulda missed the beasties on show at the local shopping centre.
Isn't he beautiful? He was getting a bit irritable by this time but couldn't bite anyone with the wrangler person's hand round his head.
He's a baby freshwater crocodile, a freshie. Proper name Crocodylus johnstoni.
Freshies live in northern Australia (Woy Woy is in south-eastern Australia), lay eggs and live at least as long as humans, grow to the length of a basketball player and weigh as much as a sulky teenager. They eat insects, fish, frogs, lizards, turtles, bats, birds and incautious tourists.
Photos & science-y stuff & how to be croc wise in croc country.
Embiggification, sharp enough to see the pattern)
Carpet snake, also known as the Diamond python. Proper name Morelia spilota. Mainly goes out at night, eats small beasts after squeezing them to death, painful bite, lives in coastal New South Wales so is a local, gets to 2 or 3 metres (6.5 - 9 feet).
Reptiles of NSW Wetlands - Dept. of Natural Resources.
Didn't hear over if this fella was a turtle or a tortoise. You can see most of his neck there I think. It was long and snakelike.
(Embiggification, fuzzy but servicable)
The only way is up, baby! He was beautiful. He felt soft and warm and smooth. (Make your own dick jokes.)
Spotted Python, proper name Liasis maculosis. Lays eggs, doesn't bite, goes out at night, eats small beasts & birds, average length as long as yer arm, lives from Cape York Peninsula to far northern NSW.
Fauna Rescue of Queensland - bit of science stuff & a photo.
Queensland Museum has a cool photo.
Snake buying advice
Did you know herpes is named after snakes? Neither did I but it's right there in the Oxford. The Greek for reptiles is herpeton and snake-fanciers are called herpetologists.