Dane Trembath

Key Info

  • Position Title
    Collection Manager, Herpetology
  • Section
    Herpetology Collection
    Life and Geosciences
    Australian Museum Research Institute
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Dane is a biologist with a focus on the herpetology of the northern tropics of Australia. Having lived in the tropics for over twenty years, Dane has conducted research into the ecology of tropical snakes and turtles. While doing this research, he became aware of the large amount of cryptic diversity present in the herpetological fauna. Dane is currently undertaking taxonomic work on tropical snakes and frogs and is also working on the FrogID project.

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  • Masters of Applied Science, University of Canberra, ACT, Australia (2005). Thesis: “The Comparative Ecology of Krefft’s River Turtle Emydura krefftiiin Tropical North Queensland”
  • Bachelor of Science (Zoology), James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (2002)

Other Appointments

  • Research Associate, Natural Sciences, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, since 2006.
  • Zoologist in Residence, The Essington School, Darwin, since 2016

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

  • 2010 Caring for our Country: Community Action Grant. Population monitoring of the pig-nosed turtle in the Daly River - Monitoring nest sites and the impacts of feral animals and learn catching techniques for measuring and microchipping


  • Radford, I., Woolley, L.A., Dickman, C.R., Corey, B. Trembath, D.F. & Fairman, R (2020). Invasive anuran driven trophic cascade: An alternative hypothesis for recent critical weight range mammal collapses across northern Australia. Biological Invasions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-020-02226-4.
  • Rowley, J.J.L., Callaghan, C.T., Cutajar, T., Portway, C., Potter K., Mahony, S, Trembath, D.F., Flemons, P. & Woods, A. (2019). FrogID: Citizen scientists provide validated biodiversity data on frogs of Australia. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14(1): 155-170. full text.
  • Glaudas, X., Glennon, K.L., Martins, M., Luiselli, L., Fearn, S., Trembath, D.F., Jelic, D. & Alexander, G.J. (2019). Foraging mode, relative prey size and diet breadth: A phylogenetically explicit analysis of snake feeding ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology. 88(5): 757-767.
  • Doody, J.S., Harlow, P., Douglass, D., Thiem, J., Broadhusrt, B., Trembath, D., Olsen, J., Fuentes, E. & Rose, T (2014). Patterns of predation and antipredator behaviour in the Australian Water Dragon, Physignathus lesueurii. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 9(1): 48-56.
  • Rhind, D., Sawyer, G., Trembath, D.F. & Parrott, M. (2013). Varanus panoptes diet and behaviour. Herpetological Review. 45(2):335-336.
  • Fearn, S., Dowde J. & Trembath, D.F. (2012). Body size, sympatry and trophic divergence of two large elapid snakes (Notechis scutatus and Austrelaps superbus) (Serpentes: Elapidae) in Tasmania. Australian Journal of Zoology. 60 (3):159-165.
  • Chatto, R. & Trembath, D.F. (2012). Predation on the cane toad Bufo marinus (Amphibia: Bufonidae) by the coastal taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus(Serpentes: Elapidae). Herpetofauna. 42:4-7.
  • Fearn, S. & Trembath, D.F. (2011). Natural history of the common tree snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus (Serpentes: Colubridae) in the wet-dry tropics of north Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology. 58(6):384-389.
  • Clemann, N., Lyon, J., Trembath, D.F., Talbot, N. & Boulton, T. (2010). Observations of combat in the eastern brown snake Pseudonaja textilis (Serpentes: Elapidae) from south-eastern Australia. Herpetofauna. 40:88-962.
  • Lloyd, R. & Trembath, D.F. (2010). Male combat in mulga snakes Pseudechis australis (Serpentes: Elapidae): A series of observations from Northern Australia. Herpetofauna: 40(1):16-22.
  • Trembath, D.F. (2009). Kyphosis of Emydura macquarii krefftii (Testudines: Chelidae) from Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 8:94-95.
  • Trembath, D.F. (2009). A record of ophiophagy by the spotted python Antaresia childreni (Serpentes: Boidae) from Murray Falls National Park, north Queensland, Australia. Herpetofauna. 38(2):81-83.
  • Fearn, S. & Trembath, D.F. (2009). Body size, food habits, reproduction and growth in a population of black whip snakes Demansia vestigiata(Serpentes: Elapidae) in tropical Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology. 57:49-54.
  • Trembath, D.F. & Fearn, S. (2009). Natural History of the Slatey grey Snake Stegonotus cucullatus (Serpentes: Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology. 57:119-124.
  • Doody, J.S., Trembath, D.F., Davies, C., Freier, D., Stewart, B. & Kay, G. (2009). A mating aggregation of olive pythons, Liasis olivaceus, with comments on mating systems and sexual size dimorphism in snakes. Herpetofauna. 39(2): 91-93.
  • Trembath, D.F. & Fearn, S (2008). Body sizes, activity times, food habits and reproduction of Brown Tree Snakes Boiga irregularis (Serpentes: Colubridae) from tropical north Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology. 56:173-178.
  • Trembath, D.F., Blackburn, J. & Rowley, J.L. 2007. Roadkill predation by a Children’s python Antaresia childreni (Serpentes: Boidae) at Adelaide river, Northern Territory. Northern Territory Naturalist. 19:58-59.
  • Trembath, D.F., Rowley, J.L. & Jensen, O. (2006). An observation of male combat in the Dugite Pseudonaja affinis (Serpentes: Elapidae) from Grey, Nambung National Park, Western Australia. Herpetofauna 36(2): 80-82.
  • Fearn, S. & Trembath, D.F. (2006). Southern distribution limits and a translocated population of the Scrub Python Morelia kinghorni (Serpentes: Pythonidae) in Tropical Queensland. Herpetofauna. 36(2):85-87.
  • Horner, P.G. & Trembath D.F. (2006). A survey for Purple-Crowned Fairy Wrens (Malurus coronotus) at Big Horse Creek and Little Horse Creek Bridges, Victoria Highway, Northern Territory. Report to the Northern Territory Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
  • Rowley, J.L., Trembath, D.F. & Atwood, T. (2006). Observations of the short term movement, microhabitat and temperature of a free-ranging keelback, Tropidonophis mairii (Serpentes; Colubridae) in a tropical rainforest stream. Herpetofauna. 36(1):57-60.
  • Trembath, D.F. & Freier, D. (2005). Accidental ingestion of barbecue scraps leads to death of a varanid in the Northern Territory. Herpetofauna. 35: 48-49.
  • Trembath, D. & Lloyd, R. (2005). Stegonotus cucullatus (Slatey grey snake). Herpetological Review. 36:204.
  • Trembath, D.F & Rowley J. (2005). An Observation of the foraging behavior of the Black Whip Snake Demansia vestigiata (Serpentes: Elapidae): Successful predation of a frog Limnodynastes ornatus (Anura: Myobatrachidae) buried underground. Herpetofauna. 35(2):114-5.
  • Trembath, D., Freier, D., & Elliott, J.P. (2004). Sexual-Size Dimorphism in Emydura krefftii (Testudines: Chelidae) from Ross River, Townsville, Australia. Herpetological Review. 35: 31-35.
  • Trembath, D. (2004). Nocturnal Activity by the Coastal Taipan Oxyuranus scutellatus at Hencamp Creek, North Queensland. Herpetofauna. 34:84-85.
  • Fearn, S. & Trembath, D. (2004). Observation on body size, reproduction and food habits of Burton’s Legless Lizard Lialis burtonis (Pygopidae).Herpetofauna. 34: 78-80.
  • Trembath, D. (2003). Observation on Shallow Water Use by a sea snake (Disteira kingii). Herpetofauna. 33: 24-25.
  • Trembath, D. (2000). Nocturnal activity by Gould’s Monitor (Varanus gouldii) at Town Common Environmental Park, Townsville QLD. Herpetofauna. 30: 52.