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Posted by Nadif
on 20 Feb 2017
HEllo Me, my husband and our two boys are planning to move to Melbourne from UK as my husband has gotten a job over there. I am really excited as I have heard a lot about Australian lifestyle. Everything seems fine except one thing. I have a huge reptile phobia. Cant look at lizards. I ahve heard that Australia is full of them. I get it that its a huge part of nature but if someone could tell me how bad is it. I mean are they inside the house? can you go for a walk without encountering them? is it possible to avoid them if you live within the city? one of my friend told me that they found a snake in their backyard in Brisbane. Are they really that common? small lizards are fine maybe but if someone can please tell me how common is it to find big lizards and snakes inside your home or in garden. Sorry for the long post.
Anonymous (not verified) on 21 Feb 2017 - 00:55
We moved to Australia from Leicester over40 years ago,enjoy the adventure ahead of you.In the cities and suburbs you will be fine,you may see the odd thing that disturbs you to begin with but you do get use to the different creatures.They are much more frightened of you. Still enjoy going back to the UK for holidays,but after a year or so in Australia you will appreciate the country.David, Queensland.
Anonymous (not verified) on 21 Feb 2017 - 17:19
Hi I am an Australian living in Egypt, and you will not be bothered by snakes or large lizards. There are small cute Geekos a (lizard ) and they are very afraid of people. They do good work by eating mosquitoes and insects, and there can be a lot of mosquitoes in Summer. Melbourne is a lovely city. I am sure you will like it very much. All the Best Wishes.. Grace on 21 Feb 2017 - 03:16
Hi Nadif, We have lived in Melbourne for a year and a half and have not seen a snake nor a lizard near our house at any point yet. So, no worries. Good luck, Willemijn
Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Feb 2017 - 02:48
Hi.In Melbourne the weather is cooler and therefore you probably wont find a frilled neck lizard or lace monitor as you would in the more warmer climates of central Australia, tropics, outback and alike . suffice to say they are there, but you will find them in Melbourne. they are small and their tails tend to drop off when frightened. pencil sized width, and small little legs. usually in the garden under something. Watch out for spiders too. Red back, white tailed are really quite painful bites. Generally snakes don't like noise so will avoid it. Rule of thumb, when in the country, or anywhere really, i don't walk thru any long grass. snakes and lizards have a keen sense of survival, so will avoid humans when possible. snakes can be aggressive, so don't poke it it a good rule of thumb, and any big lizard, may be the same. The skinks are different, but research them, they can be pretty interesting.
Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Feb 2017 - 22:43
I have lived in Australia for 17 years. In the cities you will rarely see lizards and only see snakes at the zoo. You will be mad not to go to the national parks as they are beautiful. Even there you will find it hard to find a lizard or snake. Honestly many people come to Australia with spider and snake phobias and you will soon realise that you have nothing to worry about.
Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Feb 2017 - 03:18
Hello Nadia, it really depends on where in Melbourne you live. There are some suburbs that are closer to bush or rivers that might have lizards and snakes. It's very uncommon. I was inspecting a house for a client in the Bundoora/Greensborough area and I found a big lizard hanging out next to the backyard deck. As one of the posters said, there are geckos everywhere but not snakes and big lizards. The closer you get to the CBD, the less likely you'll find snakes and lizards. They do tend to scurry away from humans though.

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