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Snake's backyard snack

John the brown tree snake snacking on a lizard in a Terranora backyard.
John the brown tree snake snacking on a lizard in a Terranora backyard. Contributed

A TERRANORA resident found more than she bargained for when she opened her back door earlier this week.

Margaret Sims saw a large snake dangling from her tree. The reptile was halfway through its breakfast of a large lizard.

"We got up at six o'clock, but who knows how long it had been there," she said.

Mrs Sims said she often saw snakes on her property.

"We get them because we are facing bush, but we have never seen anything like that," she said.

"There was no way I was going out there, even though I know that thing couldn't move."

Instead, Mrs Sims sent her husband out to take a photo of the reptile, thought to be a brown tree snake, also known as a night tiger.

"Once we took the photo I wasn't going to wait around," she said.

"And I haven't seen him since."

Mrs Sims emailed the photo to her friends.

"We've had a couple of people who said it was a night tiger snake," she said.

Ecologist Todd Burrows said the time required for a brown tree snake to digest such a meal would depend on the temperature and the snake's body heat.

"Normally you are looking at five to seven days for that lump to be gone," Mr Burrows said.

"Reptiles are very energy efficient. With a big meal like that it probably wouldn't have to eat for four or five months."

 

Topics:  brown snake, terranora


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