Frog Evading Snake

Like most people here in Oz, we've spent the week sweltering in the unusually dry heat [by now, normally the rains have come ... but not yet ... it's just hot and sticky].

So like any sane person I have taken to hiding in the pool with my beer safely ensconced in one of those kids floatation arm band thingys ... but just as I was beginning to relax recently following a day working on a hill in the bush [vine scrub - I swear it was sent by God to punish people who don't exercise enough!], Jo called out "SNAKE!"

Nothing, and I mean nothing, is quite so likely to get me moving than hearing that word in that tone.

So after nearly drowning - I managed to clamber out of the pool to see what all the fuss was about. And sure enough, there above my head was a Common Tree Snake, gliding through the trees searching for a froggy meal -

Dendrelaphis punctulata

And she nearly succeeded - but this time the frog saw her coming and leapt for it's life ...

A swing and a miss ...

The little frog landed in the pool ... the snake watched it, with what seemed to me, close interest ...

Orange-thighed tree frog  Litoria xanthomera

I quickly followed the frog into the pool and snapped a few pics, the frog obviously decided that I made a suitable platform and promptly settled on my shoulder - Jo took a pic of me taking a pic of my new mate ...

Who says no man is an island?

The upshot being that the snake carried on it's merry way - a little frustrated no doubt, but it looked healthy and I have no doubt it secured a meal without to much trouble. The little frog was placed back in the shrubbery to carry on being all green and such.

Speaking of which - look at who we found being all green ... and yellow and blue ...

Someone really should name this the Dugong Caterpillar Dysphania fenestrata

An amazing little animal don't ya think?

Later in the evening we had another scaly visitor ... our old friend the Night Tiger.

Boiga irregularis

Interestingly, we've noted that this snake uses our outside lights to enable it to hunt more effectively. In fact, we can almost guarantee her presence simply by leaving the light on - these two little guys had best be on their guard ...

Asian House Geckos Hemidactylus frenatus

Funnily enough - there is a whole circle of life thing going on as we spotted this beautiful moth the same evening:

Grannys Cloak Moth look at the amazing bird like 'face' in the wing pattern

So as we all wait for the rain the wildlife at our place continues to amaze and enthral me ...

The emergence of dozens of baby grasshoppers food for our other guests 

All of the critters in this post are, to one degree or another - reliant on each other. The loss of one group may mean the loss of all - and that's just in one garden ... makes ya think eh?. Well, it makes me think anyway ...

Hope you enjoyed the post - take care :)

Graceful Treefrog Litoria gracilenta Perhaps a grasshopper for starters eh?

Happily I came across a really good moth I.D site tonight while doing this post and thought it may be of use to you. Check it out here: Moths of Australia