Gardening for Wildlife forum: Tigers prowling the garden at night

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tropicbreeze
Feb 18, 2012 5:33 PM CST
No! Not the 4 legged type. The legless type, and not from being out on the town and boozing up. These are quiet and peaceful (depending on how big you are of course, some small animals would object to that description).

Boiga irregularis, Night Tigers, are quite common around here. Last night while on my Cane Toad patrol I came across these two prowlers. The first was just around the 1 metre mark in length. The second was about 1.5 metres long. At a quick glance they could be mistaken for Darwin Carpet Pythons which are also common around here.

Of course, in some places a sighting of Night Tigers (also called Northern Brown Tree Snakes) would ring alarm bells and cause a search and destroy mission to be initiated. Back around the WWII years while cargo was being whisked around the globe some of these snakes hitched a lift to Guam which they found very much to their liking. They settled in and with an endless supply of unwary prey bred like crazy. Of course the "endless supply" wasn't really all that endless, as far as individual species were concerned. These became extinct. But there were no natural controlling agents for the snakes. These days a lot of money is being spent trying to eradicate them.

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Feb 18, 2012 5:42 PM CST
Cool photos! (and what beautiful snakes!)
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SongofJoy
Feb 19, 2012 5:43 AM CST
Is that full grown size, Zig?

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Sharon
Feb 19, 2012 6:18 AM CST
I swear Zig, every time I see one of your posts two thoughts cross my mind:

'Oh yeah!! I'm going to see some Zig pictures . . . '

and . . .

'Oh shudder!! I'm going to see some Zig pictures!'

You never fail. Beautiful snake, but oh shudder.
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tropicbreeze
Feb 20, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Thanks Mary. No exaggeration but our local form are the most attractive of the species. Most other forms have far less distinctive patterns.

Tee, the top 2 photos are the smaller one, all the others are the larger one. At 1.5 metres it's pretty well full grown but they can get up to 2 metres. They're a very slender snake, so even the longer ones look like a thin rope.

Sharon, "All God's creatures ...." These are photos of my niece overcoming her fear of some of God's creatures, a Blue-tongue Lizard and a Childrens Python . She did really well and I'm sure I could get you to overcome your fears as well. Smiling

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Sharon
Feb 20, 2012 10:40 AM CST
I don't know, Zig. My fears are old ones, they die hard.
Better her than me!

Beautiful though, especially the lizard.
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tropicbreeze
Feb 21, 2012 2:25 AM CST
Don't underestimate yourself Sharon, I'll have you wrestling Anacondas in no time. Thumbs up Hilarious!
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Sharon
Feb 21, 2012 9:22 AM CST
In your mind, Zig.

Let that anaconda thought just live in your mind. OK??
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Ridesredmule
Feb 21, 2012 9:56 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Yea, right!!!!
But i do like that blue tongued lizard.
What doi you do with the cane frogs??? or should I ask?? I understand they are a real pest.
Nice snakes but I'm like Sharon, not too big a hurry to handle them. Nice to look at "from a Distance"....
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plantladylin
Feb 21, 2012 11:17 PM CST
Zig: I agree, they are all God's creatures but I'm with Sharon, even looking at the pictures makes me ~*~*~ shudder~*~*~ Blinking

I've had run-ins with snakes in my garden, both venomous and non-venomous ... and they all scare me. I hope I don't have dreams about snakes and other creepy crawlies tonight! Crying
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tropicbreeze
Feb 22, 2012 12:10 AM CST
We're all different really. I grew up with lots of snakes, nearly all venomous. Got into trouble from my parents for bringing them home as pets. Even brought home a 2.25 metre python which my father didn't appreciate. Insisted it wasn't to be kept inside the house. Nearly got caught one time when my parents were out and the snake got out of my room and knocked over a row of potted plants, breaking some of the pots. I did a quick repotting job (maybe the start of my liking for gardening?) but my parents noticed it all looked "different". Where I did get caught out was when the snake got into the washing machine and dislodged a fan belt. My father opened up the back of the washing machine to see what was wrong and came face to face with the python. He wasn't too happy. One of our neighbours was good though. If the snake got into his place he'd just call me over to catch it. Although, he'd never touch it himself. I have so many childhood memories relating to snakes that I look back on as funny/pleasant memories. Needless to say, I also have a huge number of adult memories of snakes. Where I live now there's a far greater variety of snake species, but only half or less would be venomous. I respect them rather than fear them. And these days I don't interfere or try to make pets of them as much as I did as a child. Ahh ..... that's the trouble with growing up, a lot of the fun disappears and you're expected to "act adult".
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SongofJoy
Feb 22, 2012 4:19 AM CST
Well, amen to that! Green Grin!

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