Monday, 8 January 2007

Snakes on a plain

I headed out to look for waterbirds this afternoon. I didn't find any because the sites I was looking at were dry as a bone. (Memo to self: trying making a plan. It saves time in the long run.)

Half way through my solo wandering I came across this sign. At that point, I gave it up as a bad job and headed home.

14 comments:

jj said...

You'd think they'd have done the responsible thing and closed the park, a la ...

"Snake prompts park closure

The West Tce Glover Playground was shut down until further notice today by the City Council after a king brown snake was spotted. The council said professional snake wranglers were called in to remove the reptile and the park should be reopened in a few days."


From today's news here in Adelaide.
:)

http://indaily2new.nessus.e-studio.com.au/editions/archives/newsletter_20070108.htm#8018

Snail said...

At that rate, it'd never be open! But DSE has mown the grass and cleared vegetation on either side of the path, just in case.

Of course, I'm such a klutz that any brown snake would know I was on my way and slither for cover long before I got close.

I was a little more concerned about the lazy old tiger snakes. I had my new binos with me so I wasn't focussing on the path ahead ...

tapperboy said...

We came across a half eaten python on the track behind the dunes yesterday. It would have been a good age, at least half of the thing was missing, maybe a roadkill? What there was was at least 10cm in diameter and about 1.5 meters long. Something had been having a good snack from it, ribs were exposed and inards cleaned out, almost completely gone, huge amount of white flesh, either an osprey or a brahminy kite? I've seen both are in that area.
Will it still be there when I take fire orchid for a walk that way in a few days time? We won't have to wonder long if it is with the warm day we had today, our noses will tell us long before we get to see it.

tapperboy said...

pmsl

Snakes on a plain

How did I miss that the first read?

:)

MC said...

Happy New Year Snail!

Recent research suggests that fear of snakes may have been instrumental in human brain brain evolution.

P.S. When is Australia Day?

Snail said...

That's an interesting hypothesis. Have you blogged about it?

Australia Day is Jan 26th. My diary, I note, says Australia Day (ex. NZ). Well, duh!

Happy new year to you too. (Or have I said that already? Doesn't matter. It's worth saying twice!)

Snail said...

Will it still be there when I take fire orchid for a walk that way in a few days time?

If the four- and two-legged (as in winged) predators don't finish it off, the six-legged ones will be there by the bucket-load!

A picked clean python skeleton would make a wonderful photo ...

Marcus said...

Picked clean python on this entry: :P http://singaporesnakes.blogspot.com/2006/10/snakeful-night_03.html

Snail said...

Look at that cobra! My goodness!

I hope Tapperboy sees your python.

budak said...

I leave cobra photos to the herpetologists. Vipers, pythons and coral snakes etc are ok, but when i see a hood along a trail (esp. if it looks like a king cobra) i take off like a duck!

Snail said...

Years ago I was in Singapore and suggested to my colleagues that we should go out one afternoon to look for king cobras.

Then they suggested I should sit somewhere quiet for a while and consider what I'd just said.

Seemed like a good idea until I thought about it. I didn't see any snakes in the end except for a bockadam (Cerberus) in the mangroves but that was pretty cool.

budak said...

they probably thought you had a pint too many, or that the heat and humidity had fizzled your brain....:P

How long was your Singapore posting? Do you have a MSN or gmail messenger handle by the way?

Snail said...

Unfortunately, I wasn't employed in Singapore but attending conferences and workshops (and eating rather a lot, I recall).

My e-mail address is in this post.

tapperboy said...

I did check the picked clean python pics thanks :)
Unfortunately I didn't get take fire orchid for that intended walk to see the locally deceased beast, we got carried away with all manner of holidaylike things and plain ran out of time and energy. One of the place's we took her...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tapperboy/360394236/