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Brown Tree Snake

Boiga irregularis

Description:

This snake lived in my meter box for a very long time.. it also found its way in my backpack and nearly went travelling with me! Lucky I checked the backpack! Someone used it in this article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-... And in this one!!! http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/na... as an EASTERN BROWN SNAKE.. This snake would not kill a person!! And I don't know where they got the photo from!!!

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48 Comments (1–25)

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

The "Cobra" flare is a sure sign for the Tiger Snake...

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

@ Scott.. What can you do?? I have found it now 9 times.. And it was always a DEADLY Snake!!

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Got it. Yeah, the last Tiger I saw was black, and when I tried to shoo it off the road it did the 'cobra' flare and chased me. Definitely a Tiger. I'll only handle a snake if I need to save it from the dogs and vise versa. And only with reeeally long leather gloves on.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hi Christiane. I hope you contacted this latest website thief!

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Hi Lori.. I know that this one is not a EASTERN BROWN Snake and not a Tiger Snake.. It is a Brown Tree Snake/ Night Tiger... But my photo was stolen and now shows up everywhere as DEADLY Snake just because it looks like it!
It is hard to ID snakes.. and most can only be ID by the Scale Count and ANTI VENOM TEST... I had a brown snake that had stripes and a black tiger snake!!

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Hi Christiane. I've been struggling to tell the difference between some photos I took at a Reptile Rescue display. We have Tigers and Copperheads here, which are closely related, and whose colors and patterns overlap. The central head scale is broader and more square on the Tiger's and narrower and less angular on the Copperhead's. But even then some look like a combination of the two. Have a look here: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?b...

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Look Just found it again.. This time a TIGER SNAKE!!! :D http://www.tigersnakes.com.au/

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Such a shame.. I would love to see some of them.. Maybe one day I will come to the Island.. :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Thank you! (but btw the FB album photos were my friend's). Yes Ive seen the Lesser BoP and the Ragianna in the wild but never with a good view. I hear them all the time (species?) or so I'm told Seen tons of dead ones (traditional costumes) and some captives (pets and for sale)...

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

@ S Frazier.. I love your photos.. Have you ever seen a Paradise Bird? I would love to see them in the wild!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Oh I believe it. You can look at the anterior head scales and get an idea...

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Looks like its Brother.. I have the ID for this snake from some people I trust.. And I lived with them for 6 years.. this one was in my house for a long time. You could see the stripes when she had fresh skin..

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Wow what a story about unknown/unauthorized use of your photos!! Not at all jumping in on this species ID thread but the northern New Guinea form sure contributes to the mix of looks for the species. See the third photo in https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=....

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Are you coming down that way again? If so go and visit www.snakesdownunder.com in Childers! Great place if you love snakes!
Did you see a platypus?

JuliusSchmitz-Justen
JuliusSchmitz-Justen 10 years ago

Yes, sry i ment Eungella... I remember passing Gin Gin on our way up the coast :).

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Where is that.. Did you mean EUNGELLA?? That is past Gin Gin!!

JuliusSchmitz-Justen
JuliusSchmitz-Justen 10 years ago

I was in SE-Asia in March/April/May right now i'm in Eungbulla, Queensland.

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Where are you??? Not Singapore???

JuliusSchmitz-Justen
JuliusSchmitz-Justen 10 years ago

Very nice shots! Congrats to this! Actually i'm not too far from you location and travelling up north to cairns atm. :D

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks borzrach.. I have seen it and commented on it.. EXPERT. :))

borzrach
borzrach 10 years ago

Hey Christiane.. Here is another expert on Australian snakes with your photo.. Even i can see that these are 2 different kind of snakes and I am no expert! http://www.squidoo.com/dangerous-snakes-...

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Thanks Emma.. Don't worry! I love a good discussion with "experts". I have worked with wildlife a long time and I am sure this snake will not kill me or anybody else for that matter! WELL maybe if you have a weak heart or you are a mouse.. :D

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Christiane ,you are too valuable to Project Noah for anything like that to happen.
We wish you well and thanks for enriching Project Noah.
timjessupis,Welcome to Project Noah!! Your first spotting was great!! Looking forward to some more.
.

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

No need to get upset or nasty! I know both the KATHERINE NIGHT TIGER AND THE QUEENSLAND NIGHT TIGER.. They are rear-fanged and venomous and they are no AUSSIE PYTHONS... They both are Boiga irregularis AND THANKS BUT IT IS TOO LATE TOO DIE YOUNG! :D

timjessupis
timjessupis 10 years ago

I give up, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Go visit AussiePythons.com if you don't want to die young.

Christiane
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Christiane

4885, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 25, 2007
Submitted on May 25, 2011

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