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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , , on January 27, 2009 by Dean

Incy Wincy Spider

Incy Wincy Spider

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Don’t know about Incy Wincy spider but his mate obviously had far more sense, sheltering inside.
Last night we had a tremendous downpour and three inches of rain. This morning the garden is underwater. I quite like that as I can’t mow the lawn. The downside is that the septic tank has overflowed and backed up so we can’t use any water or shower until the floods drain away.

This is our first Wet Season and totally different to our life spent living in the arid far north of South Australia. The Einasleigh River is a raging torrent and the level is curently at 3.5  metres, it’s an amazing sight.  Some towns are cut off and this morning a chopper brought in supplies along with the mail. PICTURES TO FOLLOW

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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , , , , on January 26, 2009 by Dean

Are you sure that spray was tanning lotion?

That was tanning lotion I hope ? It's just that I'm beginning to twitch!

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The recent heavy rain all part of the wet season has brought about all manner of visitors to the house seeking refuge and a dry spot.

Yesterday morning on getting up we were unindated with Cockroaches!
Now they may be one of the few species on earth that can apparently survive a nuclear attack but they were no match for a few quick blasts of Baygon! RIP

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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , , on January 25, 2009 by Dean

Common Core 'Euploea core' Butterfly

Common Crow 'Euploea core' Butterfly

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Not the feathered variety but according to my book “Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland” the Common Crow butterfly is one of the few things amongst the 370 pages that won’t kill you!

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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , , on January 24, 2009 by Dean

Is that a Lizard in your shorts

Is that a Lizard in your shorts

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Or are you just pleased to see me!

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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , , , , on January 23, 2009 by Dean

Chilling Out

Chilling Out

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This afternoon whilst pegging out the washing I noticed this lump of green frog taking it easy on the back of one of our camping chairs. A common Green Tree Frog. He/She wasn’t bothered at all by my presence in fact I thought it had croaked itself until I heard a croak!

Blimey Whats going on.

In the last two posts I have admitted to hanging out the washing and washing up! A new aged man, that’s me.

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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , on January 22, 2009 by Dean

Baby Gecko

Baby Gecko

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These Geckos are everywhere, there was even a baby one stuck in the kitchen sink yesterday morning until I gave it a helping hand out.

They actually bark like dogs and for a creature that size they make quite a racket. Now here’s something whose bark is definitely worse than its bite!

Unless you are a moth that is because at night whilst I am washing up they congregate on the flyscreen window chasing them for a feed.
Watching them sure whiles away the grime!

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Posted in My Life and Other Animals with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Dean
Hissing Sid

There's a Snake in the Laundry!

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There’s a snake in the laundry! I heard the cry or words to that effect. I never realised Nurses knew such words. Well some, but not all.
A feeling of dread and nauseousness came over me, I perspired. Quite a bit actually. I knew that it would be my duty to stand up and live up to the title of honorary Queenslander that has been bestowed upon myself and get rid of it.
It was only a baby, ten inches long and the width of my little finger.
I don’t care! After consulting volume 38 of  “1001 most venomous things to see in Australia if you want to die” I determined that it wasn’t listed.

So non venomous and brown with black markings, a python like head. It’s a baby python I cried. Totally harmless, it’s probably far more scared than we are. I doubt it.

So Eleven O’clock at night, armed with dustpan and brush, long sleeve shirt, skiing gloves, long pants, boots and socks tucked in. I scooped up the snake and threw it over the back paddock. Actually I hid behind the door whilst the English Nurse wearing only shorts and thongs (oh and a vest) grabbed the dustpan and brush from my quivering hand and threw the snake over the back paddock.

It came back two days later and hid under the Front Loader.
I thought it was quite brave of the English Nurse the way she stood and sorted out the washing, even unfolding my underwear before putting a load in.

That was the last we saw of the snake. Until three days later I noticed it was curled up fast asleep on top of a carton of my best Crown Lager. Quite cute but drastic measures as there was no beer in the fridge.

I didn’t even need shoes or pants, never mind a shirt. In one swift movement I had flicked it into a large Tupperware container the same type that you would use to marinate a baby Elephant. The cute baby Python looked quite lost. The beer was chilling nicely.

It’s now living down by the creek. I quite miss it really.

‘Children’s Python’

So called not because of any relationship to children, but in honour of John George Children, who was a curator of the zoological collection at the British Museum.  As far as I am concerned there is no logical reason whether it is Zoological or not to keep snakes!  Children’s Python. Far too small to eat children but if any are giving you real problems then I suggest a Anaconda.

Read all about them here. Children’s Pythons not Anacondas. Sorry!

POST SCRIPT to Nerve Endings in Ribbons.

This morning whilst wheeling my mountain bike towards the gate I noticed a head the size of a golf ball hiding in the grass beneath my feet. I only cut it yesterday. All of a sudden it leapt up on its haunches rather like those 1970’s Citroen cars with the funny active suspension. It revealed a body of scales and ran under the fence. It was some sort of ‘Water Dragon’
I quite like reptiles I just hate surprises. Unless they are gifts of Nikon 500mm f4 lenses that is.