Monday, October 6, 2014

Dwyer's Snake at Jarowair 05/10/14

Late last night I came across this Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at our patch. I saw it not far from the waterhole which is adjacent to a massive pile of logs and branches. The snake was particularly swift moving and feisty in nature. This one was approximately 40cm in length and kept still while the torch light was on it, but as soon as the light was moved, it took off with incredible speed. I returned to the house to get Jude to show her and to get the camera, on returning, the snake had moved some distance from where I had first seen it and we luckily came across it while walking down to the area. This is another new recording for our patch.

Dwyer's Snakes are brown to redish brown with a dark base to each scale and a black head blotch unbroken from snout to nape. They live in woodlands and rock outcrops and bear live young of up to 7. They are nocturnal and feed on skinks, dragons and snakes. They grow to 60mm long.  Mildly venomous.

B.G.

(Information Sources:  A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia by Steve Wilson & Gerry Swan and Wildlife of Greater Brisbane by Queensland Museum)


Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014


Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014


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