This is a Juvenile, small in size, around 0.7 meters. This is by far the largest of the rat snakes of the Ptyas genus, reaching an impressive 4 metres total length. From a distance this snake could easily be confused with the King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah. The body is of moderate thickness, somewhat triangular in cross-section, and the head is wider than the body. The eyes are very large. The front part of the body is dark brownish grey, sometimes with faint pale barring, the middle part is black and cream in a distinctive chequered pattern, and the posterior part is predominantly cream with scattered black-edged scales. The tail is mainly black with scattered pale spots, and the throat is white or cream, grading to dark grey on the belly.
This wallaby was spotted at the Western Kangaroo Island Caravan Park. These wallabies are quite tame (probably because campers feed them) and get really close to people. In the second photo, the wallaby is depicted with several Australian magpies (Cracticus tibicen), which are also very friendly and curious.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.