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New attractions as Snakes Downunder reopens

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A much-loved local zoo has some international visitors on show for the first time.

Snakes Downunder owner Ian Jenkins said the Childers attraction had five new tortoises from Madagascar and a Komodo dragon named Naga.

"He's a young fellow from Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic, so he's quite special."

Snakes Down Under acquired the new reptiles just before the pandemic struck, but had to keep them and other animals fed over the past few months despite not making money for 13 weeks.

"We actually had no income for that whole period of course the animalshave still got to be fed and watered and heated and looked after and so on," Mr Jenkins said.

"It has been a massive struggle."

Snakes Downunder has thrown its doors back open in time the school holidays.