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There’s my inner tube

August 20, 2012

I use old bicycle inner tubes to tie plants against stakes because they provide a flexible support that allows the plant to grow and does little damage to the bark. Also, I have a lot of them. Walking on a slope at Flowerdale on a gloomy, overcast, 7-degree-C August day I noticed an inner tube lying on the ground. In the time it took me to move forward to pick it up, I realised that inner tubes don’t have tread or a pretty red stripe underneath. What I was trying to recover was a Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus). It’s a tough snake to be out ‘sunning’ itself in these conditions. Maybe we should name a subspecies to reflect this ………. P.pflowerdalii or maybe even P.p.king-gee-ii.

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  1. ccobern permalink
    August 20, 2012 4:10 pm

    We recently saw a baby Brown Snake and a medium Red-bellied Black Snake on the same day down by the Spring Creek. These two must have been flushed out of there burrows as the creek was very high. Gave the fencing volunteers a bit of a fright.

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