This selection of photos range from 2014 to 2017. Perhaps you may have seen the before. Some are favourites I re-do for challenges and some you may have not seen before.
Yes there maybe a snake involved so perhaps I’ll make it into a slideshow so those who find nature not to there liking can skip past.
1 A Green-banded Line Blue Butterfly 2 Just a stack of bottles in a restaurant 3 There’s your Green Tree Snake 4 King Parrot feathers 5 A Green Tree Frog 6 Reflections on water. One of these started my interest in doing water reflection abstracts 7 A Dragonfly
OK. I reckon you would have guessed by the heading that there may be a photo of a snake in this post.
I do thank you for your bravery in opening the post those of you who do want to see but don’t want to see.
A bit of an idea of what you will encounter if you do travel further into my world.
Green Tree Snakes have no fangs and no venom. They are very reluctant to bite but if provoked it will rise up, inflate its throat and body, and make a stink from its anal glands – so best not to get too close.
Snake skin is not slimy. It is dry and is made up of keratin.
They are thin and about 1 to 1.5 meters long.
The one you are about to encounter I found on a neighbours fence as I was driving home. As the Green Tree Snake was on a barbed wire fence it is good to check to make sure they are OK and not hooked up on the barbs.
“Excuse me, do you need a hand over there on that barbed wire fence?”
“Nah mate, she’ll be right. I best be off.”
“OK then, maybe I’ll see over at my place. The coming cooler weather has made the mice think it’s time to set up house somewhere warm, where there’s snacks. My pantry would be a good place to hang out for a few days if you’re headed my way.”
You can see the size of this harmless little fellow compared to the gauge of the fencing wire which is 8 gauge. Sorry I don’t know what they call that size now-a-days. Thanks for getting to the end even if fast scrolling was involved.
I had a week and a bit of a holiday in Tasmania. I came home to find my resident Green Tree Snake had decided to shed its skin while I was away. The Lilli Pilli in the garden is having a bit of a hard time surviving the very dry conditions which has made it quite handy for a snake to divest itself of last years skin.
Green Tree Snakes are quite harmless. A little slender snake about two meters long. Their fangs are located at the back of the mouth so you have to be partially swallowed before a Green Tree Snake can inject a venom which is harmless to humans but not so to the small prey, lizards, frogs, eggs etc. They are diurnal and have large eyes. They are not always green either. Known to be olive-green to black and the flecks of blue can make a Green Tree Snake look blue. They are mostly yellow on the throat and belly but also other pale colours as well.
The early morning sunrise also helped in the making of this blog.
The wrapping around the branches. Start at the head and peel away.
The belly and tail
Aren’t the patterns in the scales lovely.
The head end showing the large eyes and lower jaw.
The sunrise made an ordinary Green Tree Snakes skin look amazing.
I have used an old photo of a Green Tree Snake in the featured photo.