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OfflineFina
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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: blaze2]
    #1481491 - 04/22/03 05:25 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

The lizard in the picture is a Water Dragon. They are pretty common along the east coast of Australia, usually found in or beside creeks and rivers. The bearded dragon which has become a popular pet, especially in America is found in the deserts of central Australia.
Nice pictures Wombat... :smile:
Went out for a hunt today and found a few scattered Ps. subaeruginosa but were still to small to pick. The weather in Sydney has been perfect though and there were literally thousands of interesting shrooms about.
We also found a baby Red Bellied Black Snake sitting beside a creek. Seeing as it's quite cold he wasn't moving very much and let us get very close to him. We decided to take a picture and he obviously didn't like the flash because he suddenly reared up and flattened his neck, like a cute little (angry) mini-cobra. He was sort of trapped in between us and started darting around in frustration. I believe baby snakes are still just as venomous as their parents so we decided to stop upsetting him and get on with our hunt.... :smile:


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: Fina]
    #1481630 - 04/22/03 08:07 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

aren't those like the 2nd or 3rd most venomous snakes in the world...I wouldn't get too close if I were you...and ya from what the croc hunter has told me :P the little ones are just as venomous as the big ones....god I love the croc hunter!


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: ]
    #1481670 - 04/22/03 08:44 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

red bellied blacks are regarded as poisonous but not 'lethal'... there aren't all that many incidents involving them, and when there are, most are caused by inappropriate action on the human side (eg. trying to kill the snake). they're fairly non-aggressive, and on the few occassions i've encountered them they've avoided me and taken off in the other direction before i've gotten within 5m of them.

snakes are cool! it's spiders which are scary :tongue:


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: jimbu]
    #1481687 - 04/22/03 08:57 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, they're "good" snakes. Of course, all snakes are good, but red bellies are quite a benifit to have around your land/camp. Apparantly they are enemies with brown snakes (one of the top few most poisonous in the word - can be deadly, and very aggressive towards humans to boot), and in addition, they're not much threat to people because they are shy and unagressive.


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OfflineFina
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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: oO_wombat_Oo]
    #1481747 - 04/22/03 09:39 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

Usually when I encounter a red bellies they head off in the other direction once you are within a few metres of them.
This little baby didn't move though as the cold weather probably made him quite sluggish. I was in front of him and my boy was crouching behind him less than a metre away so he must have felt trapped, hence the threat display. It was quite impressive for such a little snake. I don't know if he was really thinking about having a go at us, but I gave him a little more space when he started rearing up. :smile:
They are considered potentially dangerous, but rarely deadly. And they do eat brown snakes... and feral mice and rats (which are much more of a nuisance than snakes.)


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: Fina]
    #1481881 - 04/22/03 11:01 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

well I did a quick google search and your right they aren't one of the more venomous snakes...I swear I saw the croc hunter say its venom is "super toxic" or something...lol I still love him even if he was wrong..and I love snakes too...those brown snakes are huge! ...whats the diff between the common brown and king brown btw? they look the same to me


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: ]
    #1483421 - 04/22/03 07:54 PM (18 years, 9 months ago)

I found this comparison..


Common or Eastern Brown snake

Length:
to 2m.

Identification:
adults, back any shade of brown, sometimes black or dark grey and occasionally banded; belly cream with pink or orange flecks or blotches. Young invariably have head with red or orange band separating it from matt black band on neck. Narrow, black body bands often present.



Venom:
strongly neurotoxic and haemotoxic; the second most toxic land snake venom known.

Notes:
potentially dangerous; apply first aid and seek urgent medical attention for all suspected bites; responsible for many human deaths. pugnacious; rears up in distinctive "S" shape and strikes repeatedly, if provoked


(this is why it is also called the 'false-cobra; due to the 'S' shape springing action whereby it can spring forward to strike. I saw one do this on my uncle's property where it had invaded the house perimeter fence, but he mananged to blast it in half with a shotgun...er don't tell the National Parks they're protected  :grin: they can get aggressive in summer when it's humid...)


King Brown or Mulga snake

Length:
to 3m.

Identification:
heavily built with wide head; back various shades of brown to olive-green, belly cream.



Venom:
strongly haemotoxic.

Notes:
potentially dangerous; ready biter; apply first aid and seek urgent medical attention for all suspected bites; responsible for human deaths.


The differences appear to be the King Brown is more heavily built, and lacks orange spots/blotches on belly of the Common Brown

from Dangerous land snakes of Queensland

   


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: oO_wombat_Oo]
    #1484469 - 04/23/03 12:05 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

Excellent photos Wombat, thanks for sharing them!

Where exactly in Australia are you? Im over on the North Side of Sydney, so no emus, or roos near me :frown:

My parents live at the blue mountains, and I always used to play in the bushland near my house when I was growing up.. catching water dragons and skinks and turtles etc (letting them go afterwards of course).

Im not sure what the scientific name of that lizard is,  but I always called them "Water dragons", and caught a lot of them when I was younger... they use to always hang out near the banks of creeks, and often shoot off into the water once they saw you coming.. and they could get up a bit of pace and sort of run on two legs if I remember correctly!

Anyway nice photos, thanks again!

WIth Metta,
Jono. 


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: jono]
    #1485266 - 04/23/03 06:12 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

I think Australia has nine of the ten most poisonous snakes in the world with The desert Taipan as number one.
Red-bellied black snakes and copper heads are nice when compared to bloody tigers that rush at you during the breeding season and scare your stoned arse!


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Re: Too many pics of Aussie fauna & fungi [Re: ruskifile]
    #1485526 - 04/23/03 11:02 AM (18 years, 9 months ago)

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