Thursday, 3 May 2012

Rat Patrol

Well it's that time of year again when things cool down a bit and the rats become active. So do the pythons.
We heard a commotion the other morning just on dawn and observed this big, thick  Amethystine Python making a beeline for someplace in particular. He had a cadre of birds and a Brush Turkey in tow but got to a tree and gingerly crawled up at a pretty good rate for such a big snake (more than 3m in our estimation) It chose a flimsy branch and stretched out and crawled on our roof. After that our vision was obscured--probably fortunately! He probably was heading for his favourite winter spot in the roof or was able to smell "rats". In any case, he(or she) just seemed to disappear-all in the space of about 5 minutes.

 Heading to our house

 A rather well fed individual
The iridescence gives the Amethystine is name

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