Woma pythons, a spotted python and frilled-neck lizards are among the reptiles stolen in a break-in at a nature reserve.
Thieves broke into the Blackbutt Reserve at New Lambton in Newcastle over two nights, on Friday and at about 1.30am on Sunday, taking off with almost the entire reptile collection, leaving behind just one reptile, Newcastle City Council said.
“On both occasions entry was forced to a storage room,” NSW police said.
“A frill-neck lizard was stolen on the first night and 15 reptiles were taken last night.”
All up two frill-neck lizards, two shingle back lizards, a central netted dragon, two Woma pythons, four central beard dragons, two spotted pythons, and two olive pythons were taken.
The reserve’s daily reptile show, due at 11am, has been cancelled.
Newcastle City Council is appealing to the thieves to return the reptiles so the Blackbutt Reserve team can continue its popular school holiday programs.
Without the reptiles, all programs are cancelled for the foreseeable future.