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    ^ on a teak tree, great shot Shu

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    We have a homing preying mantis.

    For the last two mornings this guy has been clinging to the mosquito net on the door by the daughter's home schooling station. Both mornings I have taken him out to a bush in the garden.

    Tonight while I was fishing the daughter ran down shouting, 'Dad, the mantis is back!'

    I hate to be disturbed while fishing, but that's family life.

    And here he was... back again, inside the house this time and eyeing up my moo palo.



    I took him back outside... but he seems to like us. Let's see if he's back tomorrow...


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    ^ Interesting brown color Mendy. All the ones we have up in our parts are green. Likely could be an adaptation to the surrounding vegetation.

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    My Meyers Lemon tree appears to love its new location. This morning I counted 9 flowers. The good news is it is finally in the ground versus a pot. I had been moving it all over trying to find it a place it liked. Love fresh Lemonade and of course the squeeze over salmon.

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    It's freezing outside here now and I have been putting down extra bird seed. This is the kind of animal I hope to see on the trail cameras I bought to set up on our land. Not really sure if there will be anything though.

    I saw this fox out there today having some of the good stuff.

    It seemed pretty happy to hang out for a while.

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    He had a pee on this tree on the way out. Just like a little dog.

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    We've had a lot of common keelback snakes in the garden recently, probably because of the pond and frogs. The dogs hardly notice them and I have come close to treading on them more than once as they wander around the garden. Harmless, but if the wife sees them they are history...

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    Anyway, this is the closest I've managed to get to one, took a while before it decided to slither away towards the pond...

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    When I first came out here, I was afraid of anything that resembled a snake, but nowadays I hardly bother unless it's a banded krait or spitting cobra.

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    Well a big surprise. 8 years ago i planted a tiny Lychee tree i bought at a market. Its taken years to get to any size at all, maybe its the soil or the local conditions but its grew painfully slow. Anyway I thought oh, new leaves, then looked closer and behold flowers. A very happy dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    We've had a lot of common keelback snakes in the garden recently, probably because of the pond and frogs. The dogs hardly notice them and I have come close to treading on them more than once as they wander around the garden. Harmless, but if the wife sees them they are history...

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    Anyway, this is the closest I've managed to get to one, took a while before it decided to slither away towards the pond...

    What's in your garden?-common_keelback_4431-jpg

    When I first came out here, I was afraid of anything that resembled a snake, but nowadays I hardly bother unless it's a banded krait or spitting cobra.
    How often do you see snakes in your garden? I had a couple of pit vipers and a python in my garden when I was living in Thailand, but it was only when I was out cycling on the roads when I would regular see the odd hissin' Sid or 7 (usually squashed).

    It would drive me crazy if my missus was in the habit of senselessly dispatching them to the next life.

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    ^^^Nice snake pics Troy

    Soon to be in my garden will be a peach tree if I can get this to germinate. I managed to extract the seed from a peach pit while incurring only minor personal injury.

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    Previously in my garden was this fook off giant hairy spider.

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    A flowering sprig of Mesembryanthemum cordifolium formerly known as Aptenia cordifolia

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    I've been meaning to try and get the bees nest out of one of our nesting boxes now that nesting season is upon us, but left them alone.

    And I thought that this box was in a safe location. These golden tree snakes can't half climb.




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    He or she is going to be out of luck. Beautiful snakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    These golden tree snakes
    They sure are pretty snakes. Had one just yesterday on our fence and disappeared into my hedges before I could get a pic.

    Apparently talk at the market this morning someone saw a 4 or 5 meter long python in the river yesterday morning. I spent a bit of time last night with my high powered laser flashlight looking along the shore area. Nothing to be found. We had a 4 meter long one caught and relocated early last year.

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    ^^^ Nice Hutsman there Looper, had us a Lynx spider the other day. Really good guys to have in your garden as they eat a lot of the type of bug which eats your favourite plants!

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    ^ I like snakes but can't do spiders. I have a friend with a hobby farm in WA and one time I was going to bed and there was this dirty great huntsman on the bedroom wall. I slept in the car that night.

    We get a lot of golden tree snakes and I enjoy having them around the place. Sadly the dogs nailed one last week... just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I like snakes but can't do spiders
    Snakes and spiders. No issue for me. However those big ass centipedes here give me the creeps. I kill them instantly.

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    ^ ^^

    Yeah it is nice to see that the snake population around you is really healthy, not sure how far out of town you live but still good to see regular sightings of any animal to be honest with you. I see lots of rat snakes out hiking, saw a coral snake on Khao Laem Ratchaburi once; stayed the fuck away from it.

    Saw this guy, I believe a rat snake, poking out of a hole in a temple at Sukhothai historical park!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    We get a lot of golden tree snakes and I enjoy having them around the place. Sadly the dogs nailed one last week... just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    They are fast in the trees, not so quick on the ground. I read that they can 'fly', or at least jump from tree to tree with a sort of glide. I have never seen one do that.

    I watched one cross the front of the neighbour's rice barn. It is a vertical flat surface, the snake had no problem staying attached.

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    ^ Did you get a picture, Shutree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Did you get a picture, Shutree?
    The barn is still there. Can you visualize the snake if I get the barn pic? The barn is helpful in not moving too quickly.

    In fairness I did post a pic of a Golden tree snake a few days back. Maybe it was the same snake ....

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    ^, ^^ Yeah, we get a few brown preying mantises. A cynical person would think it's because the gardener forgets to water anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecollector View Post
    Yeah it is nice to see that the snake population around you is really healthy, not sure how far out of town you live but still good to see regular sightings of any animal to be honest with you. I see lots of rat snakes out hiking, saw a coral snake on Khao Laem Ratchaburi once; stayed the fuck away from it.

    Saw this guy, I believe a rat snake, poking out of a hole in a temple at Sukhothai historical park!
    That was a rat snake for sure, Bonecollector.

    We used to get loads of snakes but over the years as Korat has expanded we've gradually become surrounded by development and their numbers have decreased. It's a real shame because I love having the wildlife in the garden. In many ways I'd like to sell up, move away from the city and buy a big plot of land but it's not so easy when you have a daughter in school and a wife that doesn't want to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobody_Ever View Post
    In many ways I'd like to sell up and move closer to the snakes
    Who said that?

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    The Orchids are growing like crazy around the pool bar area. I need to snip the roots.

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    Took a quick ride over to our Uncles house by the river this morning with my wife to check on him. His health is fading pretty fast. I was talking to him about his shrubs. He has a cool little sitting area with a small waterfall. I told him I liked his plants and he got up and whacked off a few and said "Here, toss in water a week, then plant" . Brought them home and put in my lotus flower pot. I want to liven up the pool bar area with some color.

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    ^ Can't beat freebies and having the memory of who you got them from is nice, especially when they flower.

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