Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Slough puts snake at risk

Came upon this Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) coiled on track in short grass yesterday.


Too open and hazardous a spot for a species usually extremely alert and sharp-eyed.


Though no sign elsewhere about body, slough seems to have begun at the eyes.


Snake senses me though it cannot see well, if at all. A gentle push with small stick encouraged it into safer cover.  

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