Friday, 5 November 2010

More snakes and ladders

Well, only one. Another splendid carpet python has taken a liking to the ladder at the back of the house. This one was resting while it digested a substantial meal. It always amazes me what snakes can swallow. Look at the size of the head compared to the 'lump'!

Here's the photo of a bigger python (2.7 m) from a while back in a similar pose.



15 comments:

sarala said...

That is so amazing. You make me want to move down under today!

Snail said...

Sarala, I've seen a few pythons around the place lately. The newspapers here and on the coast have been advising that it's going to be a bumper snake season. Looks like they've got something right --- at last!

mick said...

Wow! to the position on the ladder and the size of the meal recently swallowed! I admire it in YOUR garden!!

forestwalk/laura k said...

as soon as i saw that picture...i thought...oh! i remember that one from a while ago...then i read what you said...different snake...same ladder...maybe it's the warmth of the metal they like?? or just climbing to the highest point?!!

those are amazing pictures!! and it's even more amazing when you realize how BIG a meal they swallow!

i love the close-ups!! beautiful pattern. (almost reminds me of my ball python, Monty!)

...i wonder what he just ate??
what terrific critters you have there!! i don't think i'd ever sleep...not wanting to miss what might stop by for a visit!! :]

biobabbler said...

Wow.

And, do y'all have a game down there, called "what's in that snake?" Seems like you live in a great place for such a pass time. =)

Tyto Tony said...

Looks very long, the python's meal? Any clue?

Snail said...

Mick, the way the snake was draped and wrapped around the ladder was so elegant, despite it being the equivalent of lying on the sofa after a pig out.

Laura, of course, the warmth of the metal! I didn't think of that. That would catch the afternoon sun (what little there is of it), so might be just the right temperature for lying around, digesting.

Biobabbler, I think we'll have to start playing this game. It made me think about what that really big snake could tackle.

Tony, I'm hoping it's a neightbour's chook, but I suspect it's a mammal of some description. Maybe a white-tailed rat or a possum? (Probably not an adult.) A bandicoot or paddie joey are also possibilities. (The latter with its hind legs stretched out.) I would love to know.

WChinner said...

What a beauty!

Lulu Stader said...

Have you checked that nothing big is missing from the house, like a pet?

Anonymous said...

:D ... this is SO good.
jj

Snail said...

WChinner, it was a beautiful snake. They pythons that I've seen up here all look in such good condition. Plenty of food, I guess!

Lulu, I don't have pets. Maybe someone else doesn't --- anymore!

jj, it's not bad, is it? I just have to remember to shut the bathroom windows ...

Anonymous said...

Nice post and cool images.

Woollybutt

Snail said...

Ta, Woolly! It's amazing what you see when you shine a torch around. (Not recommended in all gardens!)

neomyrtus said...

fantastic - although did you do a head count of your local paddies and possums and tree kangaroos..

who is missing?

A handsome, lovely snake...

Hungry Sinclair said...

This blog is absolutely fascinating! You have some amazing photographs here. I love Australian wildlife and was especially happy to see you spotted a ringtail possum in your garden!!