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Python kills Possum

Morelia spilota mcdowelli

Description:

A Coastal Carpet Python kills and eats a Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus). This is a spotting from earlier today: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/213... I had only just arrived home from work this afternoon when I received a phone call from a friend still at work, and she said "Your snake has just killed a possum in the carpark, and it's eating it!!!" I am so jealous not to have witnessed this, but she has kindly supplied these photos for me to share on Noah. PS: I was told later that the possum was regurgitated, and it had a baby in it's pouch. The following day I found out the snake was not the one I had spotted. This one was larger and was found in a different section of the complex. The mother possum put up a good fight but was eventually overpowered and killed. At that moment, the baby joey emerged from the mother's pouch. Two of my work colleagues rescued the joey and took it to the local vet. Now an orphan, it will be placed into foster care until such time as it's big enough to be released back into the wild.



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27 Comments (1–25)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Thank you for the nomination, Fyn. Fingers crossed :-)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 3 years ago


Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

I had already left work, so I didn't see this event. A friend took these photos and she was on the phone to me as it was happening. Had I been there I would have intervened. Right or wrong, that's what I would have done. A small bird or rodent would have been dispatched quickly, but this was a fairly large animal that put up a mammoth struggle for quite some time (or so I hear), and even I know it was too large for this snake. I probably would have been in tears too, but what annoys me is that people viewed this as if it was sport. As it turns out, the mother was killed but not eaten, the joey was left an orphan, and the snake still went without a meal. Those that berated me at work for saying I would have intervened would been singing a different tune had it been their cat or dog. I berated them for their indifference, and as it turned out, I think intervention would have had a better outcome. The baby survived, and that's the only happy note.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 3 years ago

Wow Neil, amazing. I would have cried I think to have seen this. At least the baby survived. Survival in the wild is definitely not fun and I am glad I am not a snake.

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Spectacular spotting!

bgundersun
bgundersun 3 years ago

Cool!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

The baby went into foster care. When old enough to fend for itself, it'll be released back into the wild. There are plenty of reserves and national parks in Brisbane, so anywhere away from people is usually a good spot. I don't know how old they need to be before they're released.

bgundersun
bgundersun 3 years ago

No, I meant the baby.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Plenty of spare brushies here Martin. Come and get some any time.

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Oh, its the other way here, I can find three ringtails by walking around the block but no brushies for years in the suburbs.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Thanks, Martin. It's always the poor little ringtails that seem to cop it. I could use one for the brushtails around here. They outnumber the ringies ten to one.

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Great spotting Neil. We need some of those.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

The snake/s could be anywhere. There's a large wetland area nearby where they love to hide. As for the possum joey, it went into foster care. It was lucky not to have been killed along with its mother.

bgundersun
bgundersun 3 years ago

Where is it now?

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 3 years ago

The baby did survive?! Wow! Lucky thing!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

My pleasure, Lisa. The baby did survive. Pity the mother didn't, but as you've said, it's all about survival.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 3 years ago

Wow! What an interesting drama in nature! But it is all about survival. Thanks for sharing!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Thanks Gilma and Micaela. It's not something you would see every day.

Great series, Neil Ross.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Wow indeed. I'm going to try and relocate it this morning... as in find, not move.

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 3 years ago

Wow!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Thanks, folks. The possum was regurgitated, and it was a female with a baby in her pouch. So sad.

Jopy
Jopy 3 years ago

Great!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Super series and spotting. I guess the Ringies are a little less Common now. Top workmate - you own her a favour !!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 3 years ago

Another great python story for you Neil!! Amazing one too!

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -27.45, Long: 153.10

Spotted on Mar 20, 2014
Submitted on Mar 20, 2014

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