Thursday, 5 March 2015

Flying Snake


I took today's photos quite some time ago. They're the only ones I have of this fascinating snake species.


A Golden Tree Snake

The Golden Tree Snake is one of just a handful of snakes in our area that are commonly referred to as "Flying Snakes". In reality they don't truly fly but they are able to flatten their bodies, launch themselves from high tree branches, and then glide. I've only ever seen videos of them gliding. When they do so they make slow-motion, wriggling-slithering type mid-air movements. They look deeply sinister and eerie during flight.

Golden Tree Snakes can grow to about 1.3 metres long. The one featured in today's post is roughly half that length. We spotted it through an airbrick in a garden wall on a busy street near our former home. It resided in a bush behind that wall for several days.





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Friday, 27 February 2015

Shrub Frog


A Shrub Frog - clinging to the back of a mirror in our old outside washroom

In the days before we installed an indoor washroom we often used to see this Shrub Frog. It would sometimes climb out on to the top of the mirror and stare back at me as I enjoyed an early morning shave.


Shrub Frogs (also commonly known as "moss frogs", "bush frogs", and "tree frogs") are extremely agile, able to accurately leap relatively large distances and land safely, and can walk up seemingly any vertical surface including wet tiles and wet glass without slipping at all. If you stand still fairly close to a Shrub Frog for long enough there is a fair chance that it will jump on to you, which, trust me, is always an unsettling experience. Shrub Frogs can be quite vocal at times too.




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