Extremely Rare white giraffes seen & filmed in Kenya

Two White Giraffes—A Mom and a Calf—Are Thrilling Wildlife Fans in Kenya

A mother and a calf were spotted by the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa County, Kenya. The giraffes have leucism, a genetic condition that reduces the ability to produce pigment.

Unlike albinism, animals with leucism may display ghostly traces of their normal patterns

The Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa County, Kenya, is famous for its rare hirola antelopes: quick, sharp-horned ungulates endemic to the area. Back in early June, though, a resident walking near the conservancy saw something else unusual: a ghostly, tall animal, stepping through the brush.

The villager informed a ranger, who ferried the news to researchers at the nearby Hirola Conservation Program. “We hurriedly headed to the scene as soon as we got the news,” one researcher recalled recently, on the Program’s blog. “And lo! There, right [in front] of us, was the so hyped ‘white giraffe’ of Ishaqbini conservancy!” Just seconds later, another surprise was in store. There were not one, but two white giraffes: a mother and a calf.

As the researcher explains, these two giraffes have what is called leucism, a heritable genetic condition that reduces an animal’s ability to produce pigment. Unlike albinism, leucism doesn’t disrupt pigmentation entirely: affected individuals may display ghostly traces of their normal patterns. That’s true of the young giraffe in this video, whose spots remain slightly visible (he looks a bit like he’s just rolled around in flour).

Leucism has been noted in many different animal species, from pythons and crocodiles to lions and tigers. Although leucistic giraffes seem to be fairly rare, the wildlife biologist Zoe Muller writes that sightings have been reported as far back as 1938, and again in 1956, 2005, 2011, and 2015. (Muller points out that several of these leucistic giraffes were originally mischaracterized as albinos.)

In early 2016, camel herders in Garissa County started spotting another white giraffe, which researchers managed to photograph in April of that year. (It’s unclear whether this is the same giraffe as the mother with the calf.)

Since then, the HCP researcher writes, “sightings have become a common occurrence,” and community members are keeping their eyes peeled. “‘This is new to us,’ the researcher quotes a local ranger as saying. ‘I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them.’” Now, they have at least two to look out for.

Henry Sapiecha

Port Douglas’ Cannibal Croc Charlie strikes again in Queensland Australia.See pics here.

IT’S a croc eat croc world.It is a deadly hannibal cannabil alt water crocodile

These extraordinary images show the moment a monster 4m saltwater crocodile bites the head off a 2m croc and eats it.

Known as “Charlie”, the cannibal croc is a prime tourist attraction in the mangrove-clad wetlands of Dickson Inlet in Port Douglas.Qld Australia

Rangers have been trying to capture and relocate Cannibal Croc Charlie with no luck

Weighing more than half a tonne, he’s been the dominant male of his territory for at least nine years and is known to have killed at least two big rival males.

Lady Douglas paddleboat skipper Drew Weyand, an amateur wildlife photographer, took the shots on one of his river cruises as a group of tourists watched on in fascinated horror.

“He’d ripped the head off the little male and was just guzzling it down,’’ the riverboat skipper said yesterday.

“It’s coming up to breeding season in September, so he was showing it who is boss, and made a meal of it.”

Even the experienced tourist boat skipper was shocked by the brutality of this killing machine.

He said crocs were known to be cannibalistic but he’d never seen such a raw spectacle of brutal killing power.

“It is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen in the wild,’’ Mr Weyand said.

“He was smashing it down on the bank to break it up to eat it, the noise was phenomenal, it was such a loud whacking noise.

Charlie does not let a good meal go to waste.

“Water and croc was going everywhere, there was blood and guts, and him just gulping it down his throat.”

“Most of the tourists loved it except for one girl who found it very overwhelming.”

Giant crocs to battle for river domination

Queensland Wildlife rangers removed a crocodile trap from Dickson Inlet on Thursday after catching two 2.5m female crocodiles as the elusive Charlie again evaded attempts to capture and relocate him.

Authorities warn visitors and locals to be croc-wise in croc country anywhere north of Bundaberg.

Originally published as ‘He ripped its head off and guzzled it’

Henry Sapiecha

Snake catchers remove enormous roo-filled python from Cairns property Qld Australia

CAIRNS snake catchers have removed an amethystine python so huge it was mistaken for a crocodile.

A neighbour poked his head over Whiterock resident Rini Steenwinkel’s fence, telling her and husband Platon Zapantis to he had found a five-metre reptile metres from their yard.

The well-fed serpent’s length and wallaby-fed girth caught the expert from Cairns Snake Removals expert by surprise upon his arrival.

5m Amethystine python eats fully grown Wallaby. Snake and Wallaby weighing in at around 40 kg. Quite a handful for 2 of us to pickup. This snake was too large to bag. We decided it would be best to try & carry the snake out of the open yard and take him down to a nearby creek.

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“The snake catcher didn’t believe me when I described how big it was, but he turned up and said, ‘Holy crap’,” Ms Steenwinkel said.

“He rang up his friend because and they ended up having to put it in the boot of his car because it was so big.

“He said it would have been very capable of swallowing a six-year-old child.

“They were so impressed, they did it for free.”

The grassed area where it was found is popular with children, including Ms Steenwinkel’s neighbours who use it to ride their motorbikes.

The whopping python was resettled into a nearby creek.

Henry Sapiecha

You’ll never guess what type of snake this is-Have a go to ID it from the pic before you read the article

We all know the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover?’

Turns out it applies in identifying snakes.

Snake catcher Max Jackson is warning people not to make assumptions on a snake’s species based on the colour of its skin.

It comes after a picture of a blue and yellow snake (pictured above), discovered at a dam on a property between Maryborough and Hervey Bay Qld Australia, was sent to the Sunshine Coast wrangler for identification.

The landowner thought it might have been a tree snake but Mr Jackson said it was in fact a  red-bellied black snake.

He told the newspaper that colours could be deceptive and it was more important to pay attention to the shape of the snake’s body and scales.

He said the colour of the red-bellied black snake could range from bright red to a creamy colour or pink underbelly.

The colour could also change when the snake was shedding its skin.

Mr Jackson said he had also seen a dangerous brown snake that was jet black and could easily have been mistaken for another species.

With many snakes still around because of the warm weather, Mr Jackson said it was best to assume a snake was of the poisonous variety and to just avoid them.

Henry Sapiecha

Watch out for these Worlds Most Deadliest 41 Venomous Dangerous Snakes on Earth.

Adding more here to our data base of the worlds most dangerous snakes. No particular order. Just enjoy the scarey journey.Presented to you by Henry Sapiecha of the www.pythonjungle.com site + 100 other sites that I have enjoyed developing & sharing with you all.

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1…Caspian Cobra


The Caspian cobra is found in central Asia. This snake is known for being very aggressive and bad-tempered. They tend to avoid humans, but will become aggressive towards them if they feel threatened. When feeling threatened it will spread its hood, hiss, and sway side-to-side, then finally strike its target multiple times. Once bitten a person may experience drowsiness, weakness, paralysis of the limbs. If untreated, the bite can result in death from respiratory failure

2…Monocled Cobra

The Monocled Cobra is widespread across south and southeast Asia. The monocled cobra was given its name due to its O-shaped, or monocellate hood pattern. These cobras prefer habitats with water such as paddy fields or swamps. However, they can adapt easily and can also be found in grasslands and forests. This cobra causes the most fatalities from snake venom poisoning in Thailand. In severe cases of envenomation death can occur within 60 minutes.

3…Jameson’s Green Mamba

The Jameson’s Green Mamba is very similar to its counterparts, the Eastern and Western Green Mamba. The Jameson’s Green Mamba can grow up to 8 feet and 8 inches (2.64 meters) long, with a dull green color across the back that blends into a pale green. It’s scales are normally edged with black. They inhabit parts of Africa and prefer landscapes such as primary and secondary rainforests, woodland, and forest-savanna. However, they are highly adaptable and can be found many times in urban areas. Their venom is highly neurotoxic and death can occur between 30-120 minutes.

4 …Rhinoceros Viper

The Rhinoceros viper is very similar to the Gaboon Viper, but has a less dangerous bite. They are slow moving, but are capable of striking quickly and it all directions, without warning. If they feel threatened, they will hiss. Its hiss is said to be the loudest out of all the African snakes, and it sounds more like a shriek. Their venom contains a neurotoxin and hemotoxin which attacks the circulatory system of its victims.

5…Chinese Cobra

The Chinese Cobra is one of the most venomous members of the cobra family. It is mainly found in mainland China and Taiwan, and has caused the most snakebites in those areas. The Chinese Cobra is always aware of its surroundings and is seldom cornered. However, if it feels threatened it will raise its forebody and spread its hood, ready to strike. Local symptoms of a bite include pain, insensibility and necrosis. Necrosis, even after treatment, may persist for many years within the victim.

5…Coastal Taipan

If untreated, a Coastal Taipan bite is 100% fatal. You do not need to worry, unless you are in the northern and eastern regions of Australia or in New Guinea. Coastal Taipans are the longest venomous snake in Australia and can grow up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) long. The Coastal Taipan’s venom consists of a highly potent neurotoxin that affects the nervous system and the blood’s ability to clot. Death can occur in as little as 30 minutes after a bite.

6…Red-Bellied Black Snake

The red-bellied black snake is found in parts of eastern Australia. It inhabits woodlands, forests and swamplands. It is also common to find them in urban areas. The snake is glossy black on the dorsal surface and red, crimson or pink in color on the lower sides and belly. This snake is normally not aggressive. However, if it feels threatened, it will recoil into a striking stance. Bites from these snakes are not normally fatal, but you should still seek medical attention.

7…Mali Cobra

The Mali cobra is a species of venomous spitting cobra that is found in Western Africa. The cobra ranges from Senegal to Cameroon, with reports to also be found from Gambia, Burkina Faso, southern Mali, and a few other countries. It inhabits both tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands. Its venom contains postsynaptic neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, and cytotoxic activity. The Mali cobra is responsible for the most snake bites in Senegal.

8…Sea Snake


Sea Snake’s venom is more toxic than its land-dwelling counterparts. However, sea snakes will only attack when provoked. However, the danger of a sea snake should not be underestimated. Most people that have been bitten work on trawlers, in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific, as snakes are sometimes hauled in with the catch. Only a small proportion of bites have been fatal. Symptoms, such as muscles aches, spasms will most likely occur  30 minutes after the bite. If not treated one can suffer from more severe symptoms such as blurred vision and respiratory paralysis.

9…Egyptian Cobra

The Egyptian Cobra is one of the largest cobra species in Africa. It has many similar physical traits to other cobras, like a hood. However, what makes it distinct is its coloring and often a tear-drop mark near the eye. This cobra has very large fangs which allows it to deliver large quantities of venom. A bite should be considered a medical emergency as its venom affects the nervous system which eventually leads to respiratory failure

10…King Brown Snake

The King Brown Snake is the second longest species of venomous snakes in Australia. They can grow up to 9.8 feet (3 meters) long. Their venom is relatively weak compared to other species. However, what they lack in quality, they make up for in quantity. These snakes will deliver large amounts of venom when they bite. The average snakes deliver 180 milligrams during a bite. The king brown delivers close to 600 milligrams. The untreated mortality rate is 30-40%.

11…Dugite


The dugite is a venomous snake found in western Australia. Dugites are normally shy and will slither away upon seen a human. However, like many other snakes will attack if they feel cornered. Dugites are considered highly dangerous due to their very potent venom that causes both coagulopathic and procoagulant effects. Although they rarely bite humans, when they do, it is normally during when they are most active in their mating season (October and November)

12…Gaboon Viper

The Gaboon viper lives in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. It is the worlds heaviest viperid and has the longest fangs of 5 centimeters (2 inches). It is normally slow moving and placid, and they are known for lying in wait for hours for their prey to pass by. Due to their docile nature, bites normally only occur when they are stepped on. However, it should be considered a medical emergency when a bite does occur.

13…Black-Necked Spitting Cobra


Keep your distance from this snake, as the black-necked spitting cobra can eject venom from its fangs over 7 meters (23 feet) with perfect accuracy. They are mainly found in just sub-Saharan Africa and can grow up to 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) long. Bites can lead to blisters, inflammation and permanent blindness if venom makes contact with the eyes.

14…Sharp-Nosed Pit Viper

The Sharp-nosed pit viper is found in southeast Asia. Its highly potent venom contains hemotoxin that is very likely to lead to hemorrhaging. Its nickname is the “hundred pacer.” It has been believed that victims will only be able to walk 100 steps before dying. However, there is an antivenin made in Taiwan. Symptoms from a bite include swelling, blistering, necrosis, and ulceration

15…Cape Cobra

The Cape Cobra is considered one of the most dangerous snakes in Africa due to its highly potent venom and its common occurrences around houses. The mortality rate for bites from a cape cobra are unknown, but are believed to be high. If a victim does not receive the antivenin it is likely he or she will die from respiratory failure.

16…South American Bushmaster

The longest snakes in the western hemisphere are the South American Bushmasters. In addition, they are the longest pit-viper in the world. They inhabit parts of South America and tend to dwell in equatorial forests. The primarily feed on mice and rats, but will attack when provoked. Unfortunately, not much is known about their venom as they are highly susceptible from stress. Therefore, they die quickly when in captivity.

17…Jararaca


The jararaca is a species of pit-viper found in souther Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. The snake prefers to live in open areas, such as farmland. Its venom is considered very toxic and causes symptoms such as bruising and blistering of the affected limb and spontaneous systemic bleeding of the gums and into the skin. However, one good thing was derived from the venom, the ACE inhibitor, which is used to treat hypertension and some types of congestive heart failure.

18…Forest Cobra


The forest cobra is native to Africa, mainly dwelling in the central and western parts of the continent. Its preferred habitat in the lowland forest and moist savannah. However, it can be found in drier climates and is a very good swimmer. Although bites to humans are rare, they are very dangerous when they occur. This snake injects a large amount of venom into its victims. Death can occur 30-120 minutes after being bitten.

19…Western Green Mamba

The western green mamba, as you would suspect, resides in west Africa. However, bites to people from this snake are very uncommon. However, when people are bitten the mortality rate is extremely high. Once bitten there is a rapid progression of life-threatening symptoms including suffocation resulting from paralysis of the respiratory muscles. Death has been also been reported to occur within 30 minutes of the bite.

20…Eastern Green Mamba

The eastern green mamba resides in East Africa and is normally found dwelling in trees. This highly venomous snake can grown up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) in length. This species has bitten many humans, many of which have resulted in fatalities. There was one case where someone died in as little as 30 minutes after the bite. Other symptoms of the venom include difficulty breathing, convulsions and nausea.

21…Common Death Adder


The common death adder is native to Australia. Not only is it one of the most venomous snakes in Australia, but also the whole world. The death adder is a master of camouflage and likes to hide beneath loose leaves in woodlands and grasslands. Its venom contains a very potent neurotoxin which can lead to death within 6 hours after the bite.

22…Malayan Krait


The Malayan krait inhabits Thailand and much of Southeast Asia. They tend to shy away from the sun and are very active at night. Their venom is highly poisonous and death can result as soon as 12-24 hours after bite. Sadly, even after treatment, 50% of its victims will succumb to effects of the poison, dying usually from respiration failure.

23…Many-Banded Krait


Also known as the Taiwanese or Chinese Krait, the many-banded krait is a highly venomous snake found in southern China and Southeast Asia. In the daytime, this snakes hides in places such as holes and under rocks. However, at night, it hunts and becomes more aggressive. Symptoms will not appear promptly after bite, but may show hours later. If untreated, death is likely 70-100% of the time.

24…Terciopelo Viper


The terciopelo viper is one of the most dangerous snakes in the neotropical rainforest in Central America. They can grow up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) long and have heads that are 10 centimeters (4 inches) wide. They are responsible for the majority of snakebites in Central America. Their venom contains hemotoxins and if not treated with an antivenin can lead to death.

25…Common Krait

A member of the “big four” species in India, the common krait, is also known as the blue krait. The common krait feeds on other snakes and small mammals. Although reluctant to bite people, if it does, it will clasp and hold for awhile in order to inject a large amount of venom. The venom consists of mostly powerful neurotoxins leading to muscle paralysis.

26…Russell’s Viper


Russell’s viper is found in the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia. Like the Indian Cobra it is considered on of the “big four” species. Russell’s viper can grow up to 166 centimeters (5.5 feet) in length. The snake is often times found in high urbanized areas due to the attraction of rodents. Therefore, those working in fields outside of cities are at a high risk of being bitten.

27…Indian Cobra


Made popular by snake charmers, the Indian cobra is found all over the Indian subcontinent. It is a member of the “big four” species, the 4 species that inflict the most snakebites on humans in India. However, as it’s admired in Indian culture, it is protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act. Its venom mainly consists of neuro and cardiotoxins. This means a bite can lead to paralysis of the muscles or even cardiac arrest. Symptoms can show anywhere between 15 minutes to 2 hours after the bite.

28…African Puff Adder


The puff adder is found in African savannah and grasslands, and is the most commonly found snake on the continent. Due to its commonality, it is responsible for causing the most snakebite fatalities in Africa. If they feel threatened or disturbed, they will adopt a tight coiled posture and the fore part of their body will form an “S” shape. They are very aggressive and strike very fast.

29…Philippine Cobra


If you see a Philippine Cobra, you better run away. These cobras are highly venomous and are capable of accurately spitting their venom at a target up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) away. The Philippine cobra is normally found in forested areas, along open fields. They are also fond of water, and therefore, can be found many times close to ponds and rivers. Small rodents are the preferred prey of their choice

30…Western Diamondback Rattlesnake


The western diamondback rattlesnake inhabits the southwestern area of the United States. It has been reported that it is most likely responsible for the majority of snakebite fatalities in northern Mexico and the largest number of snakebites in the U.S. The western diamondback rattlesnake has very large venom glands and special fangs so it can deliver a large amount of venom to its victims. However, as it normally preys on small mammals, it will only bite a human if provoked.

31…Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake


According to National Geographic “The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in North America. Some reach 8 feet (2.4 meters) in length and weigh up to 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms).” Despite what people think the eastern diamondback rattlesnake will not attack humans unless it feels threatened. Bites normally happen when a person is taunting or trying to capture the snake. The last warning before a bite is when the snake violently shakes its tail. Bites can result in red blood cells deterioration, tissue damage, and if left untreated, death.

32…Common Lacehead


The common lacehead, also known as the bothrops atrox, inhabits the tropical lowlands of nothern South America. The species of pit-viper is easily agitated and is generally nocturnal. However, when necessary it may forage through the day, climbing trees and even swimming. It is often times found in coffee and banana plantations searching for rodents. Therefore, due to their camouflage, workers do not see the snakes and are often bitten. The venom is very lethal and fast acting. Even when received treatment, almost all cases lead to temporary of sometimes permanent memory loss.

33…Eastern Brown Snake


The eastern brown snake is mainly found along the east coast of Australia. The snake is considered to be the second-most venomous terrestrial snake. Its venom has both neurotoxins and blood coagulants. A bite from the eastern brown snake can cause dizziness, renal failure, paralysis and cardiac arrest. Although it normally only eats rodents, like mice, if it feels threatened, it will bite a human. It is responsible for 60% of snake bite deaths in Australia.

34…Inland Taipan

The Inland Taipan is the most venomous of all the snakes in the world. What also separates this snakes from many others is its prey. The snake is an expert in hunting mammals, therefore, its venom is adapted to kill warm-blooded species. It normally does not strike unless provoked. Its venom contains neurotoxins which affect the nervous system, hemotoxins which affect the blood, and myotoxins which affect the the muscles. If untreated the venom can be lethal.

35…Tiger Snake


Tiger Snakes are found in the southern regions of Australia and some of its coastal islands. It gets in name from its color, as it is often banded like a tiger. A tiger snake’s venom contains many potent toxins. Once bitten a person will experience, at first, localized pain followed by breathing difficulties and finally paralysis. Studies show that untreated bites have a mortality rate of 40-60%.

36…Boomslang

The sub-Saharan African Boomslang, may look cool. However, do not touch! The average adult boomslang is 100–160 cm (3¼–5¼ feet) in length, with extremely large eyes. The boomslang has a highly potent venom that it can deliver through fangs at the back of its jaw. The snake is able to open its jaws 170° when biting. The venom is mainly made of a hemotoxin which disables the coagulation process in a person’s body. Signs and symptoms of a bite may not show until hours after.

39…Black Mamba


The Black Mamba is found in the savannas and rocky areas in southern and eastern Africa. It can grow up to 14 feet long and can slither up to 12.5 mph, making it the fastest snake in all the planet. Although it only attacks when it is provoked, when it does attack beware. The Black Mamba will bite several times, delivering enough toxins to kill 10 people. There is a antivenin but it must be received within 20 minutes.

40…Saw-Scaled Viper


The Saw-Scaled Viper kills more people than any other snake each year. Although it only grows to 1-3 feet long, its venomous bite can do lots of damage. Their venom contains hemotoxins and cytotoxins, which leads to multiple bleeding disorders including the possibility of an intracranial hemorrhage. Many of these snakes are found in areas where modern medicine is not found. Therefore, victims sometimes suffer a long, painful death.

41…King Cobra

The King Cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake. It is predominantly found in India and other parts of Southeast Asia. The King Cobra’s venom’s toxins attack the victim’s central nervous system resulting in pain, vertigo and eventually paralysis. It has been reported that death can occur as short as 30 minutes without the antivenin. The toxin is so deadly, it could even kill a large elephant.

Henry Sapiecha

 

 

In southern Australia, a population of tiger snakes is being blinded/injured – but by what?

This population of tiger snakes looks to be having a rough time of it.

Many have head injuries and one in 10 are totally blind, but this does not seem to get in the way of them finding a good meal.

The snakes live near a colony of silver gulls that breeds throughout the year so their chicks provide the snakes with a constant supply of fresh meat.

But the gulls are valiant defenders of their chicks. Their stabbing beaks are powerful and strong and they always go straight for the snake’s head.

Even with the loss of sight, these hungry snakes are still able to pick off a tasty chick or two thanks to their impressive forked tongues which they use to follow smells.

Watch the moment Sir David Attenborough and BBC filmmakers captured these impressive hunters for the series Life In Cold Blood.

Henry Sapiecha

Flooding Is Already Threatening Humanity’s Apocalypse Seed Vault for Earths Future Jungles

The seed vault is designed to hold seeds to all the world’s crops for hundreds or thousands of years. Unless climate change gets in the way.

Buried deep within a mountain in the Arctic Circle is humanity’s insurance policy against the apocalypse. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a collection of almost a million seed packets containing every variety of crop in the world, embedded within a mountain beneath the Arctic permafrost in a container designed to last forever. Or at least, that was the plan.

The exceedingly warm weather over the past several months actually melted enough of the permafrost to cause flooding inside the vault. The soaring temperatures led to heavy rains and flooding in a section of the entrance. Fortunately none of the seeds were compromised.

Melting permafrost flooded the entry tunnel to the seed vault. Seed stores could be at risk if such an event occurs again.

The incident underscores the challenges of future-proofing something as important as a global food source against a wide variety of potential catastrophes. The seed vault is well-protected against a nuclear apocalypse, for instance, but is vulnerable to the less flashy crisis of climate change.

To prevent something like this from happening again, the vault’s managers are taking steps to flood-proof it. They’re digging drainage tunnels, removing some excess electrical equipment, and installed pumps just in case.

Still, the vault is supposed to be able to survive without any human intervention. This sort of flooding could happen again, and next time there might not be any humans around to fix it. If we want our doomsday safeguard to survive for the next few centuries, we’ll need to either reverse global warming completely or come up with some way for our seeds—and maybe ourselves—to survive it.

Source: The Guardian

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LARGE GREEN FROG DEVOURS PYTHON

It’s not often you see a snake on the losing side in a life and death struggle with a frog.

But that was the outcome in Ipswich Queensland Australia last night as the reptile met its match in an amphibian.

QT reader Garry Robinson captured this amazing pic

He wrote: “Found this last night out the front of my laundry.”

“Frogs are very opportunistic animals. Something goes past there line of sight or within their smell range. And it it small enough to stick into their mouth. BAM! Food for a little while.”

Jenny Holdway from Queensland Frogs Society Inc identified the amphibian as a big green tree frog and the snake as a baby python, adding “baby snakes, mice and cockroaches are a few of their favourite things”.

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Like a Phoenix rising from the dead? Sightings lure scientists in search of Tasmanian tiger

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Scientists will set up more than 50 camera traps to try and catch actions of the Tasmanian tiger 

It has been more that 80 years since the last Tasmania tiger died in captivity, but some suspect it continues to exist. Among those is a team of Australian scientists preparing a field survey on the very northern tip of Queensland in hope of catching the nocturnal creature in action.

It has been more that 80 years since the last Tasmania tiger died in captivity, but there are a few individuals who suspect this carnivorous marsupial still roams the Australian outback after dark. Among those are scientists from James Cook University, who are preparing a field survey on the very northern tip of Queensland in hopes of catching the nocturnal creature in action.

The thylacine, more commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was hunted to extinction by European settlers, who feared that the striped, wolf-like animals posed a threat to livestock. But in the decades since the last known specimen died in a Hobart Zoo in 1936, there have been thousands of reported sightings and whispers of the tiger’s survival have continued to circulate.

In 2005, local magazine The Bulletin offered a AU$1.25 million reward for the capture of a live and uninjured Tasmanian tiger. In 2013, investigators from Britain’s Centre for Fortean Zoology set out to find the animal, claiming to have gathered compelling evidence of its existence, including eye-witness accounts and droppings that it may have left behind. And tracking the Tasmanian tiger has even become a tourist attraction of sorts, with lodges, such as Tassie Tiger Lodge, running expeditions in search of the elusive predator.

For the James Cook University researchers, the motivation came from lengthy discussions with people in far-north Queensland claiming to have spotted the animals in the wild. One of the witnesses is an employee of the local parks service, and the other is a frequent camper and outdoorsman. The descriptions of the animals at two separate sites include detail on eyeshine color, body size, shape, and animal behavior and are inconsistent with other large-bodied animals in the area, the scientists say.

The researchers are convinced that these accounts could be the real deal, and as soon as next month, they will venture into the field and set up more than 50 camera traps in prospective sites. While the hope is to catch the Tasmanian tiger in action, the scientists say that the survey will also be useful in gathering data on other mammal species in the area, where wildlife populations have experienced severe decline in recent years.

Source: James Cook University

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In the Philippines: You can even get a massage from a bunch of massive python snakes

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At Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines, they’re trying to make the zoo more “interactive” — you can now get a massage from four 20ft Burmese pythons. The massage consists of simply putting the pythons — totally 250 kilograms (550 pounds) — on top of you and letting them sliver all over your body.

In case you were wondering, yes, a Burmese python is totally capable of killing you through constriction, and can deliver a pretty mean bite as well. But the zoo feeds each of the pythons “ten or more chickens” prior to each massage in order “to curb any hunger pangs.”

I should note that, according to Wikipedia, “Burmese pythons are opportunistic feeders…they will eat almost any time food is offered.” On the plus side, the massage is free.

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