Sunday, January 25, 2009

Snakes Alive!

Last night I headed out with my park ranger husband deep into the rainforest in search of some very rare snakes. Luck was on our side last night, we saw several impressive snakes and a whole treetop full of fire flies, it looked like it was covered in fairy lights - we've seen nothing like it before and it was very pretty! We had a wonderful night, the weather was perfect and lucky we had my little sister with us who spotted the endemic green tree python which only inhabits the rainforest of the Iron Range National Park and can't be found anywhere else in the world, 
so it was a little special to find him...

He was so peaceful and let us get quite close...

Incredible green colouring, they are actually born bright yellow and shed their skin to green once they are adults.

He was actually very long and had a tummy full of food. He was on an old tree stump very close to the forest floor looking for more little animals he could consume...

We were on our way home when we thought a tree had fallen on the road, to our surprise it was the biggest carpet python we have ever seen! He instantly froze because of the car lights, so we jumped out, made sure we were a few meters away from him and took some photos. These photos do him absolutely no justice. All I can say, take note of how long he is, his tail is in one side of the gutter and his head is only 10cm away from the other side gutter... he took up the whole road and would easily be 4 meters long and wider than Caleb's arm! I must remember to lock up my little dogs when we move out to the ranger base!

Well I feel extremely lucky to have seen such a precious green tree python, some people search for them for months and years without finding them. My sister must have brought us good luck. After observing all these wonderful creatures, it made me a little more calm about moving out into the forest and being surrounded by them. They are very intelligent, calm, curious critters.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday night, Caleb is absolutely in love with his job, he is having the time of his life.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Australia Day, we are off for a bbq & a few games of cricket at the ranger base.
Love & Light xox

1 comment:

Julie said...

Wow! What a great time for viewing wildlife..beautiful green snake! We went on the Ma-Mu canopy boardwalk on Sunday. Nice to see the sights from the treetops. At the foot of one of the pylons, we saw a red-bellied blacksnake about 5 or 6 feet long I guess. It's always exciting to see snakes (but I like them at a distance!)Happy Australia/Survival Day!