Chinchilla Science Festival…a hit!

Great fun was had at the recent Chinchilla Science Festival. The highlight was the hatching of more than 20 Figuladra babies in one of our terrariums.

Click here to see the fun Brigalow SS students had learning about snails.

Students at Drillham SS also enjoyed the visit and our highlight was the new species of snail brought in by two girls.

St Joseph’s College and Jandowae P-10 school also saw their students and staff find out just how important our native snails are and lots of facts about snails. They were very keen to learn and had lots of thoughtful questions.

Book 2 wins a Whitley commendation

The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales announced the winners of the Whitley Awards for 2018 at a Presentation Ceremony held in the foyer of the Australian Museum on 3rd October.

This beautiful space is well suited for these Award presentations as they celebrate excellence in the publication of books, and other media, that increase our knowledge of Australasian fauna and particularly its conservation. The Whitley Awards is one of the major events on the Society’s calendar. The Awards include Certificates of Commendation in a variety of zoological disciplines and target audiences; children’s books, field guides, conservation biology, periodicals and natural history. They also included a number of taxa and this year the invertebrates are well represented. The Whitley Medal and Certificate of Special Commendation are two of the most prestigious Awards in Zoological publishing. While the Medal is given for an outstanding publication (Australian Echinoderms), the Special Commendation is for a life long contribution to publishing (Tim Flannery).

Congratulations to John, Darryl, Michael and Owen for again reaching the heights with the publication of Book 2 and a Certificate of Commendation for Taxonomic Zoology. This was presented by Dr Frank Köhler from the Australian Museum.


Volume 2 is here!

Australian Land Snails Volume 2 covers 756 species in 39 families from an area that extends from western Queensland and New South Wales to Victoria and Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory; several species from Christmas Island are also included. The field guide is dominated by the Camaenidae (480 species) which has radiated exuberantly in the semi-arid and arid areas of Australia. Contained in the guide are more than 2000 colour images plus descriptions, distribution maps, key localities and habitat and ecology notes. Most species are illustrated in colour for the first time. Thirty-five genera and five species are described as new.

This guide is targeted at both professional and semi-professional malacologists as well as students, amateur natural historians and those involved in land management. But whether it is used as a manual for study or as an identification handbook, this field guide should be an inspiration for those with an interest in the natural world.

Volume 2 is now in the Queensland Museum bookshop (RRP $99 including GST). Also available on-line.

Clockwise from the left: Amplirhagada osmondi, WA; Sinumelon pedasum, SA; Torrestrachia hartogi, Molena I.; Mesodontrachia fitzroyana, NT. Images: Vince Kessner .

ALS front cover vol 2

Kids Day at the Cottage

Another fantastic science experience organised by Dale and her team at the Moggill Catchment Group’s Kids Day at the Cottage last weekend. Our live snails did their work and intrigued children and adults alike. Fat Albert II, a large Giant Panda Snail was the highlight.

Note that the Snail Whisperer is holding not just Volume 1 but VOLUME 2!! It has finally arrived and will be released shortly. More on the radio and Channel 10 shortly.

Queensland Natural History Award 2018

Congratulations to the Snail Whisperer who is the winner of this award for 2018.The Queensland Natural History Award is presented annually by the Queensland Naturalists’ Club Inc. to give recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to natural history in Queensland. It has been awarded since 1992.



The award consists of a medallion featuring the Bunya Pine tree and is set in a polished block of Bunya Pine wood.  The Bunya Pine Araucaria bidwillii is endemic to Queensland and is the symbol of the Club.