Thursday, December 20, 2012

Three heads and no tail in sight

Small Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis) didn't like being held up in middle of road up to Wallaman Falls at 4am today. Lots of threat but little danger from the weakly venomous species. Fewer liberties taken when a much more potent Small-eyed Snake idled across the road a few minutes later. So it got away.

Sadder tale of getaway for Gould's Monitor (Varanus gouldii gouldii) this week. Came upon big fellow in middle of track. Lying flat atop 'prey', which rasn off. Oops! Mating halted. See the frustration on his face. Not a happy chappy.
Also refusing to stick around, Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), sunning  beside billabong near coastal Halifax this week. Probably same female that nests in the area. But loses out each year when the Wet floods her eggs.

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