Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Common Dunnart at Jarowair

These photos are of a cute little Common Dunnart (Sminthopsis murina) that Brendon spotted outside darting around. He caught it and placed it in an old fish tank so we could identify it before releasing it back to the wild.  Despite their name, these Common Dunnarts are actually uncommon.  They are small nocturnal creatures with a "kangaroo-type" pouch.

I was really excited that Brendon spotted this cute little Dunnart at our patch - another great newbie for our list.

B & J

INFORMATION SOURCE:  Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum

Common Dunnart (Sminthopsis murina) at Jarowiar  26/03/14

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Caterpillar of the Four-spotted Cup Moth

I discovered these interesting and colourful caterpillars while collecting eucalyptus leaf for Koala fodder just up the road from our patch.  The caterpillars were around 2cm long and were beautifully patterned and coloured, matching the eucalyptus tereticornis leaves perfectly.  It has taken me a little while to get the correct identification but know now that they are the caterpillars of the Four-spotted Cup Moth (Doratifera quadriguttata). As per usual pretty caterpillars, the moth itself is a rather dull colour.  More info on this moth here...


The patterned skin is raised into four knobs on the thorax.  Red Stinging Hairs are protruded from these when the Caterpillar is disturbed (SEE ABOVE).



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gliders in a nesting box 15/03/14

After noticing a large amount of scratch marks and ware around the entrance hole on one of the nesting boxes at Jarowair, that Brendon had installed after using a hollow log, he decided to check what was living inside.  We were thrilled to discover a Squirrel Gilder curled up in the bottom of the home.  We took a photo and then closed the lid and left it be.

B & J

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Brown version of a Pale-headed Snake? 24/02/14

I came across this snake at Jarowair one night during this week and it initially seemed different to others we have seen here previously because of its intense brown colour and patterns.  It was around 60cm long.  On review of the photos I took and after going through Steve Wilson's Complete guide to Reptiles of Australia Book - the pattern of this snake and the shape of the head and the temperament  is identical to the pale-headed snake which we have seen plenty of here before (see previous posts here), it was the brown colouring that was remarkably different.   On review of previous photos we have taken (there are a few missing from this blog which we must add), the pale-headed snake we saw in 2010 was more brown than grey, which I hadn't realized until reviewing the photos. All of the other pale-headed snakes we have seen here of different sizes have been text-book grey colours with the white/cream patch behind the head.  We have sent the photos off to a snake expert for their opinion and will update this when we find out more.  B

Brown version of a Pale-headed Snake at Jarowair 24/02/14