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New snake discovery

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:50 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26635939

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Re: New snake discovery

Post by Caryll on Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:11 pm

Fascinating!

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Re: New snake discovery

Post by LyndaW on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:21 pm

Interesting - much like eels go out to sea and return to their "home ground" for breeding.

When I was a child I caught an eel in the local river - 30 miles from the sea and not even on a main river. Nature is wonderful and mysterious.
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:24 pm

Ooh, nice! Bet that was fun! happy
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by LyndaW on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:32 pm

It was ! Literally on a bent pin and a stick. My friend's grandfather had it for his tea.
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:40 pm

laughing Did you go all expert fisherman and weigh it?
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by LyndaW on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:46 pm

It was weighed! somehow. it was all covered in a sort of glue so impossible to handle, I think we caught it in a bag and weighed it on a spring-scale. It weighed 1lb 5oz OK not huge, but it weighed a ton on the end of my stick (I was 10 years old).
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:50 pm

That's bigger than anything I've ever caught! laughing Biggest thing I've caught is a large crayfish, I think!
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by LyndaW on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:02 pm

Well done! did you eat it?
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Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:08 pm

No, I put it back. tongue We were relocating crayfish from a river on my course.
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Post by LyndaW on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:29 pm

Ah river crayfish, no I don't think they're edible. I used to catch those too, in my hands, when I was young (couldn't touch one now!). I believe that these days there are bigger American (?) crayfish in our rivers which are interlopers and are hazardous to our native river ecology, but I could be wrong.
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:52 pm

Yeah, the Signal Crayfish. They swamp out our native ones. sad

Wouldn't eat it, even if I was allowed! laughing Eurgh!
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by LyndaW on Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:20 pm

Guessing those weren't amongst the ones you rescued then.
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Re: New snake discovery

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:49 pm

No, these ones were regular old UK-native ones! tongue Still pinchy though!
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