Suburban Backyards

A visitor to my neighbour’s almond tree — which got me thinking about how much wildlife exists in Australian suburbs — not just creepy crawlies (Australia is a paradise for insects), but feathered friends and reptiles and pet escapees.

If we leave out red-backed spiders and an old neighbour’s half-feral cat, the scariest backyard invader I’ve encountered is a blue tongue lizard.


You can imagine how happy I was, picking strawberries and unexpectedly touching scales!


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