Snakes and lizards

A rare gecko sighting

A rare gecko sighting

When I was a child there was nothing remarkable about spotting a gecko. They seemed to be fairly common around the farm. Some time ago I remember thinking I hadn’t seen one, not just for years, but in decades and I felt pretty sad to think they weren’t around in our area any more. What … Continue reading

Dogs in deadly tug of war with an Eastern Brown snake

Dogs in deadly tug of war with an Eastern Brown snake

While I was feeding the birds in the big shed this morning the dogs were climbing around in a pile of old farm implements in the corner. Sounds of energetic digging could be heard and I assumed they were after a rat. Next minute there was a vigorous commotion and I looked up to see … Continue reading

Diary of a python

Diary of a python

A few days in the life of Evelyn, our much-loved and admired Diamond Python… DAY ONE: Going on a rat hunt… Patiently waiting for a passing meal.           DAY TWO: Got one! Suffocating a rat in her coils…                 A FEW MINUTES LATER: Down … Continue reading

Rex, my nine year old insect adviser

Rex, my nine year old insect adviser

One of the highlights of participating in the Arcadia Public School Markets each May and November is catching up with one of the school mums, Karen, and her four boys, Lang, Rex, Blake and Charles. Karen and her family are passionate about their nearby block of bushland and the native flora and fauna thriving there.¬†They … Continue reading

An Eastern brown snake in the laundry, then in the kitchen!

An Eastern brown snake in the laundry, then in the kitchen!

Our day was disrupted yesterday when Mum opened the back door to discover an Eastern brown snake, the second deadliest snake in the world, right in front of her on the laundry floor. I was in the next room and when I heard her shocked cry I knew immediately that it had to be a … Continue reading

Our bird bath becomes a python pool

Our bird bath becomes a python pool

Mum glanced into the bird bath yesterday morning and discovered our resident diamond python, affectionately known as Evelyn, curled up taking a dip in there. As I write, on the evening of the following day, she (or he) is still there! I’ve checked information on the internet and it appears to be a normal thing … Continue reading

I spy with animal eyes

One of the things that gives me special pleasure on the farm is when the actions of one animal alert me to the presence of something I would otherwise have missed. So it was recently when I approached the old sheep shed and suddenly became aware that the air above me was pulsing with the … Continue reading

Indignant turkeys and a surprising goanna

Yesterday afternoon I headed over to the big shed to resume work with Dad on sorting the breeding pens of Silkie chooks. Fortunately I entered the large fenced yard via the furthest gate into the big shed which meant that I caught sight of a goanna near the duck pens before the dogs did and … Continue reading

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