Carpet python predation on koalas in South East Queensland

Carpet python predation on koalas in South East Queensland

What percentage of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) mortality can be attributed to carpet pythons (Morelia spilota) in South East Queensland?   Koalas are the most recognisable Australian animal, known around the world for their cute and cuddly appearance. As...
Winter is coming, where will all the snakes go?

Winter is coming, where will all the snakes go?

Hibernation, brumation, aestivation & torpor What is the difference and how does it relate to snakes? Four different terms that mean to slow the physiological state of an animal (or plant) to reduce their metabolic state. Let us look at them all individually....
Viviparous & oviparous, what’s the difference?

Viviparous & oviparous, what’s the difference?

Live birth vs eggs – what do snakes do? The short answer is, both! What is viviparity? Essentially this means to give birth to live young. An embryo develops within the mother with the young receiving nutrients directly from the parent. There are viviparous...
Vacuum neonate leads to rough-scaled mum and 5 young

Vacuum neonate leads to rough-scaled mum and 5 young

A standard snake catching job on the Gold Coast turned into an unbelievable snake saga Two weeks ago our catcher Reid was sent on an unusual job in Pacific Pines. The property owner had a vacuum cleaner returned to her with a tiny little guest inside. When Reid...
Discovery of spotted-tail quoll poo excites conservationists

Discovery of spotted-tail quoll poo excites conservationists

Endangered spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) scat discovered in Logan A fresh spotted-tail quoll scat has been discovered on a property in Undullah, QLD during a routine surveying effort. The Logan City Council collected the specimen and sent it for lab testing....
Jasmine the Carpet Python – Three months later

Jasmine the Carpet Python – Three months later

It’s hatching time! It’s time to release the babies from Jasmine the carpet python from Chapel Hill. At the time the mother was relocated into nearby bushland. This is better for the snake as she can return to feeding herself. Her clutch is then incubated...