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  1. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

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    There are so many snakes in Australia, that there are many animals who eat them...as dangerous as our snakes are, they have to constantly watch their backs...

    Kookaburras, the largest of the Kingfishers are partial to snake...they fly them up to a branch and whack their heads against a branch until either dead or very dazed, then down the gob...
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    Other snakes like to eat snake...
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    Even the little but deadly red back spider like snake...
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    The Green tree frog again...
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    A Goanna will kill and eat snakes in a heart beat...
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    Even cattle like to munch on snake!
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    Of course our crocs love snake...
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    So you can see that being a snake in Australia isn't a picnic...
     
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  2. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

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    And i'm surprised its taken me this long to remember this video, which makes me laugh every time...a hawk deliberately pics up a snake and bombs a picnic with it...
     
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    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    The more colours the deadlier the creature. The nature teaches the predators soon. I think curare is from very small frogs and simply putting the arrow on the skin gives you a massive weapon. Hitting an animal and it cannot use muscles or breathe in 10 minutes.
     
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    CAC Ace of Spades

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    "The more colours the deadlier the creature"
    Well...not strictly true...
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    These are Australian Rainbow Lorikeets, we have tens of thousands of them in Darwin...totally harmless...
    Generally RED, YELLOW and ORANGE are "Stay away" colours, the brighter they are the more you should stay away from them...
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    When I came back from Europe, c. 1977, some friends got me on a trip to see freshwater dolphins and river otters (aka "river wolves) in Brazil. We steam up river for five days, taking progressively narrower waterways. The fifth night we tied up to the bank and dossed down at dark. I chose to stay on deck with my sleeping bag, I knew how some of those guys snored.

    Come daybreak they came up on deck and gave me hell for still being in the sack.

    "I have to stay still, I'm not a lone."

    The captain of the boat laughed and said, "I get him out for you!" He started hitting the foot of my bag and soon a head, wider than my hand, came out next to my shoulder. The snake crawled out onto the rope he'd used to board the boat, with his head reaching the bank before his tail left the boat, maybe eleven feet.

    The captain laughed when he was gone and demanded I get up, which I did. He looked at my pants and laughed again.

    "He didn't piss himself! Sir, I refund your passage, the story will be worth ten times that."

    Never was afraid of snakes.
     
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    CAC Ace of Spades

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    Never was afraid of snakes. - What about that Taipan...thrill kill?
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Remind me never to go to Australia.
     
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    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    What does totally harmless mean? they only hunt you slowly? Or something nicer?? ;)
    Btw do you ever make them into "pets" like Polly wants a biscuit?
     
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    "Remind me never to go to Australia."

    We hear that a lot...So much we have a reply to Americans...



    Note Swearing
     
  10. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

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    No all Australian animals are protected...some you can keep with a permit (like my Dingo) - But most you can't. Why bother when they are outside your window, frolicking with their friends...if you like them you grow plants they like to eat and nest in and they will come.
    Totally harmless means they don't have any inclination to come near you...like any animal they will only have a go if you mess with them...so don't mess with them!
     
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    There is now a recognized poisonous bird whose color is black and orange, remarkably similar to the poison dart frog.
     
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    CAC Ace of Spades

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    From New Guinea I believe...Just above Darwin... : )
     
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    Kookaburras will kill you if you have a hangover.
     
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    I think they are looking at the photographer. "Nice surprise foy you soon"...
     
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    I dislike a spider almost as much as a snake. We really have no really bad spiders up here because of the climate but they just are not something I like. We do have a Wolf spider which can put a pretty good hurt on you, but I don’t think will kill you. Just how deadly is this red black spider? Like if it bit you, you would drop over dead upon entering the hospital emergency room?
     
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    We have hand sized wolf spiders here(and Huntsmen)...part of the Australian culture, they are in most houses...and cars. Red backs are all over Australia...seem to like sheds and under houses...you can find a bunch of them in the right places...I think it’s the female that has the most venom...When I was 10 living in Nhulunbuy I rolled over one in my sleep...I woke up and saw the dead red...and a huge tight welt on my thigh...I was a little worried, but felt fine so I just decided to keep an eye on myself...the welt eventually went down and I didn’t experience any other symptoms...it was either a male or the spider couldn’t inject much before I squished it accidentally...
    Interestingly the red back has made it to the UK...probably a fruit import...they are becoming more common now in the UK...i know the Poms aren’t happy about it...
    The Funnel Web is the dude to look out for...And most Australians would add the white tail spider...it won’t kill you, just rot the skin at the bite site...this just gets bigger and bigger as more of the wound rots...it’s mighty resistant to treatment...most Aussies can’t dig this spider...
     
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    This is a wolf spider...with a cane toad. Note that it is...inside.
     
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    In documents it is incredible how big animals the snakes can eat. somehow they can make their jaws open up and eat. Then they are happy for six months. Nature has its ways.
     
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    In some snakes the bottom jaw isn’t fused at the front, so they pull their bottom jaw wide apart sideways...not so much an up and down movement...it is pretty cool...
     
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