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What is your opinion on snakes?
LOVE them, own some and want more 10%  10%  [ 6 ]
Love them, have owned at least one 10%  10%  [ 6 ]
Like them, but wouldn't keep one as a pet 34%  34%  [ 21 ]
Don't have an opinion either way 21%  21%  [ 13 ]
Dislike them 13%  13%  [ 8 ]
Ewwwww! Get it away from me! 13%  13%  [ 8 ]
Total votes : 62

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07 Feb 2010, 3:11 am

Wow - syzygish, I have just read your post about the legless lizard. I have read that they are rare. It is great that you've seen one today! :D

I've looked into licencing requirements for keeping reptiles in Australia again recently. It seems that perhaps they've relaxed them a little. You can get a licence immediately to keep carpet snakes and related breeds (ie carpet pythons, childrens pythons, green tree pythons, some varieties of lizard). I'm pretty sure years ago this was not the case - all snakes were on the secondary licence which you got only after having the primary licence for some years.

Yahoo! :D

The green tree python - Beautiful!



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07 Feb 2010, 3:19 am

photo of some beautiful green tree babies -Image



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07 Feb 2010, 1:23 pm

syzygyish wrote:
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Why would anyone keep such an amazing creature in captivity?


Why have a dog? A cat? A hamster? A rat?
Why keep fish in an aquarium?
Why have zoos? Aviaries? Ant farms?

Because we are fascinated by them!
Because we love them!
Because they entertain us!
Because they take us back to nature, in this urban world!
But mostly, because they imbue us with a sense of wonder!

None are acceptable reasons, for me, to keep an animal in captivity. I have a pet dog, my mom got it so I had no say in the matter, but even so dogs have been bred to serve as little more than decoration for centuries. I do not want to see the same thing happen to other animals. I love them too much to make them go through that.


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07 Feb 2010, 4:32 pm

As a rule of thumb, animals are cool, animals that are predators are really cool, and predators that swallow their prey whole are freaking awesome.



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08 Feb 2010, 6:00 am

Tensu wrote:
As a rule of thumb, animals are cool, animals that are predators are really cool, and predators that swallow their prey whole are freaking awesome.



I'm quite convinced swallowing prey whole is less violent than ripping it to shreds.

And, really, given the choice, I'd rather live well and be poisoned quickly (as, say, a mouse) than die slowly and painfully of cancer or be mortally wounded by a tiger (as, say, an antelope).
Though, I guess as long as I had a good time jumping around I might not care.


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08 Feb 2010, 7:21 am

Guess what I cannot take your poll. Cause I love them but have never owned them so maybe I should be represented.



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13 Feb 2010, 1:12 am

thewrll wrote:
Guess what I cannot take your poll. Cause I love them but have never owned them so maybe I should be represented.



Yeh, I couldn't take the poll either, unfortunately. I've never owned one. :evil: :cry: :oops:


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15 Feb 2010, 5:30 am

I caught a carpet python today!! !!

Wohoo. I was at the beach, walking the/a dog (it's not actually my dog; I foster care) and on the way back there was.. suddenly.. a beautiful python on the edge of the path.

I guess it was a coastal carpet python, though I'd have to look up the different breeds again to be sure. It's markings were quite dark toward the back (though it had the stripes of course, fairly wide bands and very distinct) with colouring growing lighter toward the head. It had lovely eyes - of course their daytime vision isn't (I don't think) very good and when the dog ran right past it a couple of times it recoiled back, unaware of what exactly was there but knowing it was some kind of cumbersome (kelpie x blue heeler; hyperactive) animal. I think there was some kind of blue green around its eyes.
Underneath the chin and belly was pale, luminescent yellow - gorgeous.

I live in a tourist town at this was at the town's main beach, so when others came walking along the trail I let them know there was a python. They were english and pretty much freaked out. Two stuck around and held the dog though, as I could then attempt to handle the creature.

It seemed quite docile around me but I only held it from the lower part of its body. It's lower body and tail curled around my hand! I held it in the air - it was about 2m and I think quite slender for its size. It started to curl its head around and I let it go - not having a lot of experience at handling wild snakes. I've handled wild lizards quite a lot more.

Does anyone know how likely pythons in the wild are to bite?

I know they're not harmful; I'm just not keen to experience the bite, that's all. Mind you, I'm sure if it happens again.. I'll be less risk conscious and just go for it anyway ! :D :D

I went back after grabbing my mobile phone from home, but.. it was gone from under its rock, by then ..


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15 Feb 2010, 6:25 am

Oh My God ! 8O
I can't believe you picked up a wild snake !
That's so brave, mysassyself ! :salut:

I've seen So many snakes, but I've never tried to pick any of them up !
I've been offered to hold them, and held them, but only 'tame' snakes.

I googled 'coastal carpet python' , was it any of these? :
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WOW! Those are some Fantastic specimens !
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I wish more people would post photos !


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15 Feb 2010, 6:45 am

Yes, very much like the top photo, of the python on the stair railing.

And like this (sorry, I could not readily get this small picture to blow up any bigger):


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We also have a (completely different) species wild around here that I haven't been able to identify properly. Word of mouth says whip snake. It looks a little like this:

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The marsh snake, whose habitat is listed as SE Qld and in moister climates, so it could be this one .. the snake that lives here - there was one under our stairs, though it was far too quick for me to get anywhere near being able to catch it and was only about 50cm long, the same size as the marsh snake) - is an orange kind of colour, with round, almost bulging eyes if I remember correctly and it has two band through its head. Quite distinctive and I'm surprised I haven't been able to identify it more easily. We do have a lot of snakes here in Aus' though ! :D


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15 Feb 2010, 6:51 am

more of morelia spilota mcdowelli (the coastal carpet python):

Eggies! :D Image


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15 Feb 2010, 6:54 am

I think perhaps the snake I saw today could have recently shed its skin. I hadn't thought so looking at it, though it was brighter than some of these pictures show snakes looking. It was a very healthy, lovely looking specimen that I saw today.

This is a snake called the Cape York carpet python (presumably found in far north Queensland). I rather liked the look of it.

[img]http://www.ultimatereptiles.com.au/images/reptiles/pythons/cycarpet.jpg\[/img]


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15 Feb 2010, 7:03 am

and this one is a Bredli's python; also a type of carpet python. Carpet pythons are reportedly classified into more subdivisions these days than they used to be. These ones, the Bredli can be kept as pets and are found in the wild in central Australia. So, the Northern Territory (that's Ayres Rock region for those that don't know already). Note their somewhat lighter colouring; this adaptation corresponding to their desert environment.

You'd think they'd be a bit smaller, to help them survive in the desert without having to maintain so much body mass - I think (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) that they're actually bigger! It's tough out there .. probably they need to store more energy to cope with the ups and downs of the desert and also would do better being able to catch bigger prey as well as rodents.

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15 Feb 2010, 7:14 am

This one is listed as a hypomelanistic coastal carpet python. Almost albino; although it doesn't have much pigmentation I would not think it could be classified as a true albino. It is beautiful to look at, I think. Image


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15 Feb 2010, 7:16 am

and, just for comparison, this is a jungle carpet python (Morelia spilota cheynei)

From memory they are more arboreal than other carpet pythons (almost completely)



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