Green Tree Frog – you find these all over Queensland and New South Wales. They hop around the verandahs of your house and climb up inside your toilet so it’s a heck of a shock when you go to the restroom and find a frog (or three) eyeballing you from the toilet bowl!
I got up early one morning when we first moved to New South Wales, it was misty and this stallion appeared in the mist as if he was posing for a selfie. It was a quite eerie, mysterious morning.
Two horses when we were staying at Ned’s Bed, the pet motel on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. They would always come up to the fence around our cabin to have a sticky-beak at us.
A mother kangaroo & her joey at Ned’s Bed pet motel on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. The ‘roo family used to come out to grace in the early dawn and late dusk, but were very skittish.
A mob of fairly tame kangaroos on the outskirts of Boonah, S-E Queensland
A spider I photographed at night on the outside of our window.
A well-camouflaged praying mantis, photographed at Boonah, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia
A White-Headed Lizard native to Cyprus
Brown Snake – very common where we lived at Boonah, south-east Queensland. Venomous!
Carpet Python – I once had an encounter with a 12-foot python which sounds dramatic but actually these snakes are harmless. They aren’t venomous and eat possums, insects and small mammals. Have one in your roof – as we did – and you won’t have a problem with possums or rats stomping around in the middle of the night.
Echidna – we had one of these shy, weird-looking creatures on our block halfway up Mt French in Queensland. It puttered along, muttering to itself, curled into a ball when it picked up motion from us, then eventually uncurled and went on its merry way.
Huntsman spider – Along with wolf spiders, these are shy and harmless and try to stay out of your way. They eat flies and mosquitoes and other insects, so we co-existed happily with these big spiders and never had any problems with them.
King Brown Snake – another venomous snake which was fairly common where we lived at Boonah, in south-east Queensland. Generally, snakes will get out of your way and keep to themselves. They will only get aggressive if they feel threatened.
Red-bellied Black Snake – these are venomous and we had one in our front garden in Boonah township. Our little Jack Russell was just going to attack it when my husband stopped her. Luckily, as snake bites are all too often fatal for all sorts of dogs – small, medium and large. Interestingly, cats can often go away and sleep off the venom and re-emerge quite healthy.
Taipan Snake – deadly venomous, aggressive, bite is often lethal. We had one in our front room which, luckily, only wanted to escape and took itself off. We only found out later it was a taipan and they were rife in our area – which is when we had our nervous breakdown!
Here I’ve included the various frogs, snakes and other odds
Wolf Spider – shy, non-aggressive – a sheep in wolf’s clothing, so to speak. We encountered plenty of these and left them alone as they are harmless and keep down mosquitoes & flies.
and sods we’ve encountered in our various travels. All photos of snakes and spiders are not taken by me, by the way, for obvious reasons!
Warning: photos of snakes and spiders – if you don’t like these, don’t read on!