It seems COVID-19 has not only disrupted travel plans for humans, but reptiles as well.
St Helens' Serpentarium Wildlife Park Tasmania has a number of scaled creatures stuck overseas due to the lack of flights into Tasmania.
Co-owner of the Serpentarium Matthew Lowndes said he's had two Burmese and one tiger reticulated python stuck in America, as well as one lace monitor in lizard limbo in Queensland for a number of months.
"We've got an enclosure ready to go and we've found our lace monitor and I've got all the approvals, it's just a difficult situation with COVID especially with what's going on in Victoria," Mr Lowndes.
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The Burmese pythons are speciality bred, as is the tiger reticulated python - it would be the first of its kind brought into Australia.
"These are speciality bred Burmese pythons I'm trying to get from the states so they might have to hold onto them a little while longer," Mr Lowndes said.
Mr Lowndes said he hoped to have the creatures at the East Coast attraction within the next two months pending a series of health and biosecurity checks.
The Serpentarium opened in December 2019, but was forced to close its doors in March due to COVID-19.
When it reopened in late June, Mr Lowndes said the attraction received an influx of intrastate visitors.
"When we opened for school holidays we had great trade - when everyone went back we receive a few families a day especially on weekends," he said.
Mr Lowndes believed the intrastate interest in the park would hold it in good stead until borders reopened.
"We're getting a lot of great feedback on social media and we're really giving people a lot of energy especially with COVID and lockdowns - people need those interpersonal connections and relations with not just humans but animals too," he said.
"It's fantastic to see the enjoyment people are experiencing from the facility and especially with their children as it's been difficult for them - there's a magic in the community which really makes us happy."
And it seems the animals themselves have missed human visitors, according to Mr Lowndes.
"I could definitely notice a large difference when we were in lockdown...when the people started coming through we noticed such an increase in the personality and character of the reptiles," he said.
"When you're a keen observer and you watch them over a long period of time, they follow people and look at them."