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Suspicious Lizard is Suspicious. Images of Canberra

By Ben_Dover - 8 October 2012 37

suspicious lizard

Seen at, you guessed it, the Pinnacle. Seems to be a lot of these about at the moment, (more images available.)

Also saw a brown snake there the other day. I was too busy running away to get a photo, though my old blind dog trod on it and got away with it!

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CanberraSnakeRescue 10:45 pm 19 Dec 15

Beautiful example of an Eastern Bearded Dragon! Looks like a nice big male 🙂

Thumper 8:27 am 12 Oct 12

LSWCHP said :

EvanJames said :

Masquara said :

Brown snake on the path up Mt Ainslie yesterday … I’ve always understood them to be shy – but this one slithered to just off the path and wouldn’t leave.

For some reason, the “experts” (the ones we hear from anyway) want to paint a picture of scared, retiring brown snakes. They’re neither. They’re territorial, pugnacious and if you don’t see them, depend on it they’ve seen you. And they’ll just sit there until they reckon you’re too close, and then you’ll get bitten.

I’ve seen blacks and red-belly blacks beating a hasty retreat. I’ve only ever seen browns coiled looking at me, coming at me, or stretched out in the sun ignoring me. Make sure you see them first is all.

Ooh yeah. I used to live out on a rural property near Bungendore. When we moved to Canberra I decided to tidy things up a bit and one job involved cleaning up an old pile of rubble and corrugated iron on the corner of the block. I can remember, with brilliant clarity and colour, lifting up a piece of corrugated iron and having a two metre brown snake rear up from under it and look me steadily and directly and icily in the eye. His mouth was about 6 inches from my outstretched hand and he could’ve had me if he’d wanted me. My heart rate went to about 160 in half a second and I spontaneously levitated a couple of feet backwards. He continued looking at me for a while as I beat a rapid retreat, and when he was happy he turned around and slipped off through the grass.

That guy thought he was the boss, and he wasn’t backing down for anybody. This happened 15 years ago, and thinking of it still makes me shudder.

I had a two metre brown take up residence in my backyard a few years ago.

He hung around for about a month which made putting out the washing pretty interesting.

Holditz 10:25 pm 11 Oct 12

JimCharles said :

A mate saw a brown snake near the picnic area at Tidbinbilla and thought it was a plastic one put there by the rangers…

I’m trying to think of the mental state of your mate that thinks that rangers leave plastic snakes around- for the LOL? 🙂

LSWCHP 9:03 pm 11 Oct 12

JimCharles said :

As it will make me shudder for the next 15 years.
Haven’t seen anything yet. A mate saw a brown snake near the picnic area at Tidbinbilla and thought it was a plastic one put there by the rangers…he went to poke it with a stick before a bloke shouted “what the %*!% do you think you’re doing, get away from it!”

Never assume that a dog poo is a plastic fake one put there by one of your idiot mates. I learned this through bitter experience. Sounds like your mate has learned a similar snakey sort of lesson. 🙂

JimCharles 8:14 pm 11 Oct 12

As it will make me shudder for the next 15 years.
Haven’t seen anything yet. A mate saw a brown snake near the picnic area at Tidbinbilla and thought it was a plastic one put there by the rangers…he went to poke it with a stick before a bloke shouted “what the %*!% do you think you’re doing, get away from it!”

LSWCHP 7:14 pm 11 Oct 12

EvanJames said :

Masquara said :

Brown snake on the path up Mt Ainslie yesterday … I’ve always understood them to be shy – but this one slithered to just off the path and wouldn’t leave.

For some reason, the “experts” (the ones we hear from anyway) want to paint a picture of scared, retiring brown snakes. They’re neither. They’re territorial, pugnacious and if you don’t see them, depend on it they’ve seen you. And they’ll just sit there until they reckon you’re too close, and then you’ll get bitten.

I’ve seen blacks and red-belly blacks beating a hasty retreat. I’ve only ever seen browns coiled looking at me, coming at me, or stretched out in the sun ignoring me. Make sure you see them first is all.

Ooh yeah. I used to live out on a rural property near Bungendore. When we moved to Canberra I decided to tidy things up a bit and one job involved cleaning up an old pile of rubble and corrugated iron on the corner of the block. I can remember, with brilliant clarity and colour, lifting up a piece of corrugated iron and having a two metre brown snake rear up from under it and look me steadily and directly and icily in the eye. His mouth was about 6 inches from my outstretched hand and he could’ve had me if he’d wanted me. My heart rate went to about 160 in half a second and I spontaneously levitated a couple of feet backwards. He continued looking at me for a while as I beat a rapid retreat, and when he was happy he turned around and slipped off through the grass.

That guy thought he was the boss, and he wasn’t backing down for anybody. This happened 15 years ago, and thinking of it still makes me shudder.

poetix 5:50 pm 11 Oct 12

kumadude said :

I 100% agree with EvanJames, red bellies are the cowards of elipdaes. Every brown snake of adult size has always held its ground. Those quivering ripples of muscle around the lips tasting the air still haunt me. Pure and true evil.
I like bearded dragons as much as clams though,

Sounds like you were half way through a sentence and were attacked by a giant clam. You clammed up.

kumadude 7:58 pm 09 Oct 12

I 100% agree with EvanJames, red bellies are the cowards of elipdaes. Every brown snake of adult size has always held its ground. Those quivering ripples of muscle around the lips tasting the air still haunt me. Pure and true evil.
I like bearded dragons as much as clams though,

bundah 6:58 pm 09 Oct 12

Conan of Cooma said :

How is that lizard suspicious?

Ah now that’s a question of perspective

http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Suspicious_9ca890_1074239.jpg

Conan of Cooma 5:26 pm 09 Oct 12

How is that lizard suspicious?

Ozi 5:02 pm 09 Oct 12

Great pic.

Did you have a picasa or similar photo stream with the others? That one looks great with the brilliant blue hue of the sky behind it. Did you touch it up at all?

Ben_Dover 4:17 pm 09 Oct 12

PM said :

Like most animals, leave them alone if you can. Lizards, roos, sheep, pollies, civil peasants etc. (Love this town)

PM 4:09 pm 09 Oct 12

EvanJames said :

Masquara said :

Brown snake on the path up Mt Ainslie yesterday … I’ve always understood them to be shy – but this one slithered to just off the path and wouldn’t leave.

For some reason, the “experts” (the ones we hear from anyway) want to paint a picture of scared, retiring brown snakes. They’re neither. They’re territorial, pugnacious and if you don’t see them, depend on it they’ve seen you. And they’ll just sit there until they reckon you’re too close, and then you’ll get bitten.

I’ve seen blacks and red-belly blacks beating a hasty retreat. I’ve only ever seen browns coiled looking at me, coming at me, or stretched out in the sun ignoring me. Make sure you see them first is all.

Like most animals, leave them alone if you can. Lizards, roos, sheep, etc. (Love this town)

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