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AUSTRALIAN Python devours live pet Christmas feast at expense of pet owner

FOR many residents, a family feast is a Christmas tradition that leaves everyone feeling the effects for days after.

However, residents weren’t the only ones nursing their full bellies this Christmas, as the Darling Downs Snake Catchers removed a 3-metre-long python who had enjoyed its very own festive feast from a Mount Lofty Toowoomba Qld home.

Snake catcher Gunter Glaser said the owner had been out to check on her pet chickens when she made the discovery.

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UBER PYTHON PIGGY BACK RIDE BY TOADS IN AUSTRALIA

A quintessentially Australian photo which could only have come from WA’s Kimberley has gone viral, as social media across the world marvelled at a python playing pick-up to a bunch of amorous cane toads.

Helicopter pilot Paul Mock snapped the photo of the olive python — named Monty, of course — onboard was a contingent of cane toads on its back in the wake of an inundation of 68mm rain at his Kununurra WA property on Monday.

Mr Mock doesn’t have social media but decided to send the picture on to his brother Andrew, who quickly uploaded it to Twitter where it caused a storm.

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Brown snake and family dog caught on security cam in fight at Truro home North of Adelaide South Australia

A FIGHT between a brown snake and a Japanese hunting dog has played out in front of a security camera at a home north of Adelaide.

Nine-year-old Chardy, a shiba inu, grabbed the metre-long brown snake as it entered Teresa and Aaron Barnden’s front yard at Truro, last week.

For more than two minutes, dog and snake joust and strike, with both appearing to land blows.

Chardy keeps pulling the snake back to the lawn, immediately in front of a security camera in a nearby window of the house.

A brown snake rears and lunges at Chardy the shiba inu in a Barossa Valley South Australia yard. Picture: Storyful

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University of Queensland team discovers new bandy-bandy snake at Weipa in the north of the continent

SCIENTISTS searching for sea snakes never expected to stumble across this find.

In a chance discovery, a team of biologists were returning from a sea snake research mission when they found a new venomous snake species for Australia.

The team, led The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Bryan Fry, uncovered a new species of bandy-bandy snake at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula in the far north of the country.

Prof Fry said bandy-bandies were burrowing snakes so they were surprised they when found it on a concrete block near the sea edge, after coming in from a night of sea snake spotting.

“We later determined that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble waiting to be loaded onto a ship,” he said.

“On examination by my student Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually and genetically distinct from those found on the Australian East coast and parts of the interior.”

The team found another specimen in its natural habitat near Weipa, and yet another killed by a car close to the mine.

Two more of the snakes were found in museum collections and a photo was found of another, contributing to a total of six observations in the same small region.

But Prof Fry said he feared the new species could already be in trouble and in danger of extinction due to mining.

“Bauxite mining is a major economic activity in the area, and it may be reshaping the environment to the detriment of our native plants and animals,” he said.

“The importance of such discoveries goes beyond simply documenting what is out there, as venoms are rich sources of compounds that can be used to develop new medications.

“Every species is precious and we need to protect them all, since we can’t predict where the next wonder-drug will originate from.

“The discovery of this enigmatic little snake is symptomatic of the much more fundamental problem of how little we know about our biodiversity and how much may be lost forever before we even discover it.”

Associate Professor Bryan Fry looking for snakes near Weipa, Queensland.

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Possum tackles large snake: Mother saves its baby joey from grip of python

 

THIS possum reacted as any mother would after a python snatched her baby joey from her back, as the fight for life unfolded in a Queensland backyard.

Christine Birch Williams said the carpet python had been living in the courtyard of her property for quite some time, before trying to make a meal of the wandering possum’s baby, the Sunshine Coast Daily reports.

But the possum’s mother wasn’t going to let that happen, biting and scratching at the snake with the full force of her rage as the python tried to squeeze the life out of her offspring.

The pair of possums came out winners over the snake.
Picture: Christine Birch Williams

A debate has since raged among commenters on whether the resident should have intervened to save the possum instead of taking photos, or was it right to let nature take its course.

“As hard as this would be to watch … this is all a part of nature,” Mr McKenzie said.

“What would you do if you were there at the time? .

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Tourists warned about feeding kangaroos after several attacks in NSW Australia

‘One woman got 17 stitches’: Kangaroos hopped up on carrots are seriously injuring tourists who get too close

They are the cute and cuddly icons of Australia, but kangaroos are viciously attacking people at a popular tourist spot, and a dependence on carrots is to blame.

“There are people getting kicked and scratched on most days,” tourist shuttle bus driver Shane Lewis said.

“One lady got 17 stitches in her face from her eye to her chin.”

Every week, thousands of people flock to the unlikely tourist destination of Morisset Hospital in southern Lake Macquarie, where big mobs of kangaroos can always be found on the grassy slopes.

It’s less than a two-hour train ride from Sydney and the travel blogs promise “adorable wild kangaroos” that are “tame enough to get close to and take photos with”.

But far too many tourists are dangling a carrot to get the perfect roo-selfie.

“The kangaroos see at least 2,000 tourists a week and they don’t need 2,000 carrots or bananas and bread, chips and biscuits,” Mr Lewis said.

“I’ve even seen some silly people feeding them McDonalds, KFC, corn chips, oats and there are some foods they are very aggressive for.”

Mr Lewis has made a business out of shuttling people from the Morisset train station to the kangaroos at the hospital, but wants more done to prevent people hand feeding them.

He said he did his best to educate people and warn them of the dangers and, over the past eight months, has been collecting photos of injured tourists to help convey the message.

“Once I show them the photos they usually pull their kids away and put their food away when they know what can actually happen,” he said.

“There was a guy who got his stomach gashed open and he wasn’t even feeding them but … they’d been to McDonalds 10 minutes before, so whether they still had the food smell on them I have no idea, but for some reason the kangaroo took to him.”

Carrots as bad as chocolate

According to the experts the kangaroos have most likely lost their fear of people, and have grown hungrier for the unnatural food being supplied to them.

“If they spy a carrot and they’ve been fed a carrot 100 times before by a tourist, then they’re going to come up and just try to take that carrot,” said Andrew Daly, an animal keeper at the Australian Reptile Park.

“And in doing so they can be quite spontaneously aggressive. They can kick, they can scratch with their front paws and do quite a bit of damage, especially when they’re trying to get those foods that they really like, or maybe addicted to.”

And if you thought a carrot was healthier for a kangaroo than junk food, think again.

“They’re both just as bad in different ways,” Mr Daly said.

“To a kangaroo a carrot is really, really high in sugar, so for us it’s quite healthy, but for a kangaroo it’s like having a chocolate bar.

“They can gorge or overfeed on them quite easily.”

And the result will not just be a fat and angry kangaroo.

Mr Daly said feeding kangaroos anything other than grass could cause them to develop deadly diseases.

“One in particular is called lumpy jaw and it’s where high sugar diets or any food that can be a bit abrasive in the mouth causes cuts and lesions and then a bacteria will get into those cuts,” he said.

“From there the disease develops and it’s generally fatal.”

Better signage, more education

There are signs zip-tied to traffic poles and nailed to trees at the Morisset Hospital issuing a warning to visitors.

“YOU HAVE ENTERED A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. DO NOT FEED THE KANGAROOS!!”.

But the area is largely unpatrolled and the site is unregulated. There aren’t even public toilets.

Mr Lewis has called for more signage and has enlisted the help of local Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper who last night raised the issue in NSW Parliament.

“Despite several warning signs placed strategically throughout the area, people still come in droves and they feed the kangaroos processed foods,” he told Parliament.

“I was there only last week and saw tourists attempting to feed the roos corn chips.”

Mr Piper said he didn’t want to see heavy regulation imposed, but suggested erecting better signage in multiple languages and a greater presence of National Parks and Wildlife rangers to inform and educate visitors.

He also dismissed the idea of closing off the area, which has organically grown into Lake Macquarie’s biggest tourist drawcard.

“I don’t see how you can close off the area, you can attempt to discourage them, but I don’t think that’s going to be much good,” Mr Piper said.

“The fact is that the site is open to the public and it’s so heavily advertised, it’s well known, the genie is out of the bottle … it’s something we just have to manage.”

A tourist at Morisset Hospital feeding a kangaroo despite signage against it

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GIANT PYTHON SNAKE: He’s off and racing in Australia

JOCKEY Masayuki Abe was given the fright of his life on Wednesday when a giant snake slithered onto the track in Cairns. North Queensland Australia

Abe posted the awsome snaps of the lerge python snake on his Facebook page

Abe was heading out to the track at about 5.30am when an attendant warned him that there was something on the track. Having ridden the track many times, Abe thought there might have been a kangaroo hopping around on the course.

“There are millions of Kangaroos on tracks in Cairns,” Abe told punters.com. “So off I went just cantering a lap and on the last corner he was there close to the inside track fence.”

The giant python makes its way onto the course proper at Cannon Park. Cairns North Queensland Australia

At first glance, Abe wasn’t quite sure if it was a snake because “I just never seen one that big before.”

“It looked like big crack on the ground in the dark.” he said.

“My horse didn’t even look at that, so I was fine, but in two seconds I realised that was what the gateman was yelling to me and I was so scared after that. I was hoping he’d be gone by the second lap, but he was still there waiting.”

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A jockey watches as snake makes its dash across the track.

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AUSTRALIAN SNAKE FIGHT TO THE DEATH: Red-bellied black takes on deadly brown snake.To the victor a meal

WHEN a red-bellied black snake is looking for food, not even the world’s second-most-venomous land snake can escape being on the dining menu of the red bellied black snake.

Recently Sean Shaw captured footage on his phone of a red-bellied black snake chasing down and ingesting a brown snake on a dirt road near Myponga, south of Adelaide in South Australia.

The brown snake tries desperately to retaliate, but cannot penetrate the scales of its hunter, despite trying again and again.

Mr Shaw – who used to work for Adelaide Snake Catchers – said he first sighted the red-bellied black chase the brown snake across the road as he drove past, and stopped to film the fight.

“After about a 20-minute tussle the red-bellied black snake eventually was able to swallow the brown snake,” he said.

“The whole episode took maybe half an hour.

“When we left the brown snake was about half swallowed but (the red-bellied) seemed to have stalled!”

While confronting, snake catcher Corey Renton, from Snakeaway Services, states it’s not really that uncommon.

“Red-bellies are really reptile eaters,” Mr Renton said.

The Brown snakes food preferences are rodents while red-bellies gorge on frogs and lizards, they live in waterholes,dams and creeks naturally.

Red-bellied black snakes are dangerous to humans but their bites are not usually deadly.

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Hulk Like Workout ‘bodybuilder’ kangaroo with rippling biceps squares up to stunned gardener in Australia

THIS is the bizarre moment a gardener spotted a threatening ‘bodybuilder’ 100kg kangaroo bathing its bulging biceps in an Australian creek.

Jackson Vincent snapped these astounding photographs of the huge roo tensing its rippling muscles in Boodjidup Creek in Margaret River, Western Australia.

The 27-year-old couldn’t believe his eyes when he clocked the mammoth two metre mammal standing in the water – and feared it could be preparing to attack beloved pet dog Dharma.

Jackson Vincent snapped these astounding photographs of the huge roo tensing its rippling muscles in Boodjidup Creek in Margaret River, Western Australia Picture: Jackson Vincent/Caters News

Jackson, from Freemantle, Perth, had been visiting his grandmother in Margaret River and saw the gargantuan animal on her property at about 11.30am.

He said: “I have been going to that creek since I was a little boy and there have always been kangaroos on the property.

“I was walking my dog and we saw this huge roo standing in the water. I have never seen a kangaroo standing in the water like that, we could just see his head at first.

“As I ran around him to take a picture he came closer and that was when I realised he was coming right at me and he was really big – one of the biggest I have ever seen.

“I am pretty confident around animals but the moment when he started to come out of the water my heart definitely jumped and I decided to take a few steps back.

“He looked to be at least two metres tall or taller and must have weighed at least 100 kg

The 27-year-old couldn’t believe his eyes when he clocked the mammoth 6ft 5in mammal standing in the water and feared it could be preparing to attack beloved dog Dharma. Picture: Jackson Vincent/Caters News

“He had a really big body and was taller than me. There are a lot of roos at my grandma’s place but I have never seen one that muscular before – he was a big macho male.

“I decided to get Dharma out of there as we thought the kangaroo was going to lure her into the water to drown her.”

Jackson’s Facebook post with his images of the kangaroo’s muscular physique instantly went viral, racking up thousands of likes and shares.

Online commenters were quick to point out the animal’s impressive bodybuilder-like muscular shoulders, biceps and chest and threatening posture.

After dropping Kelpie Dharma back at his grandmother’s house Jackson returned to the creek to see the roo was still there.

Wat M8. I’ll box ya. Picture: Jackson Vincent/Caters News

Jackson added: “His claws were really big – they were as long as my hand. That for me was even scarier than his muscles, they looked nasty.

 

“I have never seen a kangaroo be so defensive – it definitely looked like he was puffing his chest muscles up.

“I definitely wouldn’t like to take him on in a boxing match.”

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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’

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