Monday, April 21, 2008

Carpet Python

Now this is getting interesting!

We came home from doing the groceries tonight, Clo was putting away the food and then calmly said: "There's a snake climbing up the window !?" Sure enough, this Carpet Python was climbing up the security screen, with some kind of small animal in its stomach. It eventually fell down to the window sill and slithered across the BBQ then down past the garden and back into the ravine next to the house. I'm guessing it was looking for somewhere warm to digest that yummy morsel.

The window, the python.

Clo loves snakes!

Sticking its tongue out for the camera

Slowly making its escape ...

Along the BBQ cover

Down the propane tank

Into our garden and under the fence
(Look at my beautiful chili peppers)

This one was ~1.2m long, they average 2.5m so this was just a youngin'. They can grow to 4m and have been know to eat cats and small dogs. Pythons are not venomous.

Crickey, that was cool !

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Dragon in the house !


We came back from a bike ride on Saturday and Clo said she saw what looked like a dried up gecko on the garage's screen door. Turns out it wasn't a dry gecko but rather a baby Water Dragon.

Sleeping ?

Looks like a baby Velociraptor

I don't know how it got in the garage or how long it's been there, but it looked kinda weak, so we set it free in the boulders next to the house, it should be fine there with plenty of hiding places and bugs and moisture.

They get pretty big and resemble Iguanas once fully grown, there's no way it would have survived in our garage...

Monday, April 7, 2008

It's been a while

I'll try and make up for it, here's three new post of pictures that were taken in the last month.

I've been seeing a lot of Praying Mantis these last couple of weeks, maybe it's mating season. I'll assume the ones I saw alive were the females then ...

I remember seeing a few when I was a kid in Montreal, these are about the same size (~10cm) ... and just as vicious if you try and touch them.


Tonight I was cooking up some chooks on the barbie (chicken on the BBQ in Canadian english) when Clo spotted this little guy on the dining room floor.

Skinks are funny


Cockatoo madness

Once in a while, usually around 6:30-7am, we get cockatoos flying in the park next to the house. They're such a beautiful bird, about the size of a large raven, if only their song didn't sound like smoker-pterodactyls. They live in groups of about 30 birds, so they pick a tree or a spot on the ground to feed, then sqwak away. Crank your computer speakers to their loudest to get the true immersion of what it's like to live with them. Then imagine that times 30 birds...

Still ... gorgeous birds.

Sulfur-crested cockatoo

Fight! Fight! Fight!

He's smiling!

These delicious guavas never stood a chance...


Snake in the rocks behind the house

You might have already seen Clo's pics of the little snake she saw just outside our house. It's a green tree snake, this one was ~60cm long, they're not venomous, in fact they're actually pretty cute. Even Clo agreed it was cute when it pretended to be a branch by bobbing its head side to side but didn't like it when it slithered around.