JJ Gambaro with a snake at the annual Scales and Tails Festival at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
JJ Gambaro with a snake at the annual Scales and Tails Festival at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

THE thought of cuddling with a crocodile or wearing a snake like a scarf might terrify a lot of people.

But not reptile fans like Calum de Mezieres or conservationist Bob Irwin.

Both travelled to North Ipswich Reserve last Saturday to attend the fifth annual Scales and Tails Reptile Festival.

Reptile breeders and keepers from across the country showcased their scaly friends and answered any questions from fellow reptile enthusiasts.

The festival displayed of a range of native animals, including lace and water monitors, snapping turtles and a huge number of different snakes and lizards.

Calum, 12, said a highlight for him was getting the chance to pat a crocodile.

"I really like their prehistoric appearance and how they move silently through the water when they hunt their prey," he said.

"I've had the chance to see a lot of cool stuff today... I definitely hope to come back next year."

Mr Irwin, who was one of the guest speakers at the festival said the event was a chance for people, especially children, to get up close and personal with reptiles.

"Some of these animals are the most magnificent specimens I have ever seen," he said.

"If we're serious about conservation and protecting these animals we've got to make sure it's the kids who understand how important they are."

During the festival Mr Irwin was honoured with a conservation award named after him and presented for the first time by Scales and Tails Australia.

The award will be held annually and presented at the festival each year.

The festival is organised by the Ipswich-based owners of Scales and Tails Australia - a leading reptile magazine with a following in Australia and overseas.

 

Calum de Mezieres with Bob Irwin and a four-year-old Spencers monitor at the annual Scales and Tails Festival at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday.
Calum de Mezieres with Bob Irwin and a four-year-old Spencers monitor at the annual Scales and Tails Festival at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday. Sarah Harvey

Disappointed farming families left vulnerable by stockpilers

premium_icon Disappointed farming families left vulnerable by stockpilers

EMPTY shelves and tight restrictions force farmers to take risks

Learning to work together as a team

Learning to work together as a team

Check out what students and staff at St Joseph's School have been up to in the last...

Group plans to return to the stage ‘with a vengeance’

premium_icon Group plans to return to the stage ‘with a vengeance’

A group operating in Stanthorpe for more than 50 years is planning to come back...