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An obsession with desert reptile kept zoologist on the run

Dr Li Chunwang's reptilian friend played this game before, but it still wasn't going to miss a chance to stretch its legs.

Sunday, 9 October, 2011, 12:00am

A touch of sadness

Morris Gleitzman, arguably Australia's most famous children's author, isn't afraid of making his young readers cry. Whether the story is about a boy with cancer, or a victim of the Holocaust, Gleitzman says stories are the best way for children to experience deep sadness for the first time.

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Think before you decide to hate

The cane toad is Australia's ugliest and most disliked animal. It is slimy and covered in warts, with big, slobbering lips and massive eyes that pop out of its head. It is a nasty green colour and it spits poison.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Frogs and toads one big family

ONE of the most commonly asked question about amphibians is ''What is the difference between a frog and a toad?'' Close Cousins Most people use the word ''frog'' to describe the members of this group with smooth skin that spend most of their time in or near water. Most use the word ''toad'' to refer to the warty, chubby ones that tend to spend more time away from water.

20 Jul 1994 - 12:00am