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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Happy Paws2, Mar 22, 2017.
What a find!!! Makes a change from a grass snake!
Holy crap I would have legged it in the other direction as fast as I possibly could, I am not a fan of a snake
It either escaped or was dumped. Likely the former.
At least it wasn't something really dangerous and the media didn't do their usual of declaring a 16 inch corn snake a "deadly, man eating python".....
Glad someone's little Yorkie didn't find it first! Gulp!
I've found a plant pot, some fencing and a towel on our walks - not half as exciting!
Glad she(?) was found before something nasty happened to her
just be glad the UK isn't as hospitable to tropical reptiles as say, Florida - or poor Hawai'i, overrun by alien herps, everything from fence lizards to geckos to true chameleons & anoles.
God help Hawai'i's native fauna if the brown tree-snake escapes Guam & arrives on any island in the chain - the endangered native species will become history in an evolutionary eye-blink.
Burmese Pythons & Boa constrictor are now well-established invasive aliens in Florida, along with tegus, various monitor species [some of which can grow to 8-ft], S American caiman, multiple anole & iguana species, a few chameleons, & giant African snails - among others. In the sea, there are Pacific lionfish, eating everything that's smaller than they are from the day they hatch, & laying thousands of eggs per female as soon as they're a few months old.
Invasive species are catastrophic. Even plants can devastate an ecosystem - see the Phragmites that cover square miles of Chesapeake Bay wetlands, & they are scattered all over Massachusetts in every pond edge, marsh, swale, vernal pond, swamp, or anywhere the raised roadbed creates a dip for rainwater to puddle on the soil. That alien reed is a curse - anywhere it grows, it's a green desert that feeds nothing but itself.
I've corrected my comment in red, in deference to @BlueJay 's delicate sensibilities, I do not wish to offend with a cavalier disregard for scientific accuracy.
But, but-- geckos are lizards........
also Boa boa?? Do you mean Boa constrictor?
Well that sure beats the tortoise Gracie found on a walk once
People up in Highlands would hear me scream if I was to find one on a walk in Glasgow
yes, geckos are lizards - they are highly specialized, the more-typical & globally distributed types such as fence lizards cannot run across a ceiling.
Boa boa is a nickname - the "type" species of an entire family of species is often referred to by the species name, doubled.
In the case of boas / the family, the type species is actually in common parlance the red-tailed boa, AKA Boa constrictor . But there are many other constrictors who are only related to Boas by both of them being snakes, such as the many rat snakes in the U-S, all of them constrictors, all adore a tasty rodent, but none are tropical or sub-tropical, nor are they big-girthed terrestrial species - rather they're slender, muscular, & excellent climbers, often climbing trees or inside buildings such as barns, to reach rats, squirrels, etc.
more on invasive species in Hawai'i -
over half the list is flora, not fauna, but there are plenty of aliens causing trouble - particularly feral ones, especially HOGS & CATS.
Africanized Honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata)
Albizia (Falcataria moluccana)
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile)
Australian Tree Fern (Cyathea cooperi)
Axis Deer (Axis axis)
Barbados Gooseberry (Pereskia aculeata)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Big-headed Ant (Pheidole megacephala)
Black Twig Borer (Xylosandrus compactus)
Bocconia (Plume Poppy, Bocconia frutescens)
Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis)
Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii)
Cane Tibouchina (Tibouchina herbaceae)
Cape Ivy (Delaria odorata)
Cattail (Typha latifolia)
Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata)
Christmas Berry (Schinus terebinthifolius)
Cissus (Cisses repens)
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros)
Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)
Cogon Grass (Imperata cylindrica)
Coqui (Eleutherodactylus coqui)
Devil Weed (Chromolaena odorata)
Erythrina Gall Wasp (Quadrastichus erythrinae)
False Kava (Piper auritum)
Feather Top Fountain Grass (Pennisetum villosum)
Feathery Senna (Senna artemisioides)
Feral cats (Felis catus)
Fire Tree (Myrica faya)
Fireweed (Senecio madagasariensis)
Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)
Giant Reed (Arundo donax)
Glory Bush (Tibouchina urvilleana)
Gorilla Ogo (Gracilaria salicornia)
Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor)
Himalayan Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum)
Himalayan Raspberry (Rubus ellipticus)
Hiptage (Hiptage benghalensis)
Hookweed (Hypnea musciformis)
Ivy Gourd (Coccina grandis)
Jackson’s Chameleon (Chameleo jacksonii)
Jerusalem thorn (Parkinsonia aculeata)
Kappaphycus Algae (Kappaphycus spp.)
Little Fire Ant (Wasmannia auropunctata)
Long-thorn Kiawe (Prosopis julifloria)
Maile pilau (Paederia foetida)
Mangrove, Red (Rhizophora mangle)
Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima)
Miconia (Miconia calvescens)
Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus)
Mule’s Foot Fern (Angiopterus evecta)
Naio Thrips (Klambothrips myopori)
Nettle Caterpillar (Darna pallivitta)
New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax)
Ohia rust (Puccinia psidii)
Pampas Grass (Cortaderia jubata, selloana)
Photinia (Photinia davidiana)
Rapid Ohia Death (Ceratocystis fimbriata)
Red Imported Fire Ant
Red-masked Parakeet (Aratinga erythrogenys)
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
Rubbervine (Cryptostegia spp.)
Ruby grass (Melinis nerviglumis)
Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida)
Smoke Bush (Buddleja madagascariensis)
Snowflake Coral (Carijoa riisei)
Spiked Pepper (Piper aduncum)
Strawberry Guava (Psidium cattleianum)
Tropical Fire Ant (Solenopsis geminata)
Varroa Mite (Varroa destructor)
Veiled Chameleon (Chameleo calyptratus)
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I'm fully aware of what a gecko is. Saying "everything from lixards to geckos" is like saying "everything from dogs to labradors" lol
I've never once heard the term Boa boa.... in reference to real boas or colubrids, or anything else.
Corrected, @BlueJay - enjoy.
See plenty of adders in the summer but never seen a snake that big and hope not to
If you're going to be a know it all, do it right at least
Thankfully, it's far too cold at the moment for that snake to be any danger to wildlife or pets.
I've found several pairs of pants on walks. Single shoes, rubber gloves etc.
No non native snakes though!
The weirdest was in the middle of nowhere, on a footpath between two ploughed fields, 2 boxes of Raspberry Teabags! Eh?
Never anything that exotic but Monday OH came home with three balls Chilli found on her walk
Not found the owners yet
There doesnt appear to be a "poop oneself" emoji.............................