Reptile alert

Common or Eastern Blue-tongue

Common or Eastern Blue-tongue

Ronlit has just published a post on blue-tongues on our associated site Focus on Fauna, and we have also received a timely piece from local wildlife enthusiast Steve Junghenn on reptiles in general.

Steve says:

Long-necked Turtle

Lace Monitor

“With the hot weather of summer already upon us, so too is the prevalence of our large array of reptiles, from the tiny grass skinks which scurry around our gardens, blue-tongues and even the occasional Lace Monitor, through to various snake species found in our area, such as Common Brown, Tiger and Red-bellied Black Snakes. Another common but overlooked reptile which is often found walking across roads at this time of year is the Long-necked Turtle.

None of these animals like really hot direct sun, so often on very hot days they are more likely to be seen first thing in the morning or late afternoon, sometimes late into the evening. I once almost trod on a Tiger Snake which was still out hunting for frogs around 9.30pm on a hot summer evening.

Red-bellied Black Snake

So car drivers need to be alert not only to avoid running over our furry wildlife which are always high on the road casualty list, but also be on the lookout for our much-valued reptiles.

 

 

 

And as the picture below shows, it’s not only on the roads that a reptile can suffer damage!”

Harley Junghenn, while helping his dad picking up baled hay, was surprised to find a 1.5m black snake protruding from a bale.

Harley Junghenn, while helping his dad picking up baled hay, was surprised to find a 1.5m black snake half-baled with the hay.

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