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  • Black-bellied Swamp Snake

    John Dengate picked up a black-bellied swamp snake. These snakes are not highly venomous, but they do bite and victims... read more
  • Bombardier Beetles

    John Dengate met Jodi Rowley, from the Australian Museum, at Long Reef Golf Course. There they found a bombardier beetle... read more
  • Agility for Dogs

    There are over 3 million pet dogs in Australia, with around 38% of households keeping a dog. However, backyards are... read more
  • Baby Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo – Update

    Three weeks ago Don showed a baby Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo that he’d bred. The tiny chick, which was living in a... read more
  • Baby Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

    In our segment Don showed a baby Red-tailed Black Cockatoo that had been bred in captivity. It was a curious... read more
  • Opportunistic Animals

    Don believes that the original concept of conservation was wrong, because the world is changing. There is really no part... read more
  • Fake Pets

    Name: AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot) Cost: $3000 plus accessories Longevity: 10+ years Maintenance: medium (charging and ‘training’ required) Recommended for:... read more
  • Selkirk Cats

    Breed: Selkirk cats Temperament: placid, love companionship Cost: $300 (pet) $500 (show) Lifespan: up to 15 years Maintenance: low (shorthair) medium (longhair) Recommended for: anyone who... read more
  • Curled up poodle


    Breed: Poodle Temperament: intelligent but can be neurotic Lifespan: up to 15 years Maintenance: high Recommended for: families, singles, elderly... read more
  • Making a Difference (MAD) – Birdbath

    This year Burke’s Backyard is introducing a new environmental segment called Making a Difference (MAD). In this segment we will... read more