Sunday, May 18, 2014

Python debarked at kingfisher haunt

Sighted this Amethyst Python (Morelia amethistina) three days ago near one of the kingfisher haunts in Tyto Wetlands.

Yesterday found the snake still digesting big meal (large lump at top of image) and still in quiet sunlit patch of blady grass. Then noticed significant injury: large blade of bark sticking out of jagged tear in flank.

Picked back half of snake up, pulled bark free and released patient to glide off into the grass. With luck the wound will heal. Note insect life: putative maggots just above torn flesh, and insect (first image) near eye.

And here's the Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) I've been chasing. No flies on this one. 

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