Category Archive 'Australia'
13 Feb 2016

Australian Spider Identification Chart

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AustralianSpiderChart

25 Jan 2016

“Big Boy” the Funnel Web Spider Captured

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BigBoy
“Big Boy,” a Funnel Web Spider with a 10 cm. (4 inch leg span)

Sydney, Australia is basically the centter of the natural range of the deadliest spider in the world, the Funnel Web Spider, Atrax robustus. Funnel Web Spiders additionally are aggressive, equipped with large fangs, and inclined to stand their ground when confronted. Death from Funnel Web bites was extraordinarily painful and was preceded by horrific symptoms. Death was certain before the creation of an anti-venom a generation ago.

Australia has so many deadly creatures that they have a poisonous varmint service which will come to your home and scoop up the lastest nasty, then carry him away to be used for anti-venom production.

A nice large Funnel Web, described as having “fangs dripping with venom, was recently encountered, totted off to the Reptile Park for milking, and christened “Big Boy.”

Daily Mail

04 Dec 2015

Hanging Around the House

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Goanna

People in Florida sometimes find alligators clinging to their houses, but Down Under in New South Wales they get instead the Lace Monitor Lizard (Varanus varius).

Interestingly, those Monitor Lizards, which can grow to be up to 7 feet (over 2 m.) long have recently been found to be somewhat venomous. The aborigines apparently think they are delicious.

29 Sep 2015

Exactly What Australia Needed

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KimberlyDeathAdder
Kimberly Death Adder (Acanthophis cryptamydros)

IFLScience reports that a new species of snake –though to be among the ten deadliest in the world— has been discovered in Western Australia.

A new species of viper-like snake discovered in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia is highly venomous and expertly camouflaged. … [T]he Kimberley death adder is a sit-and-wait predator – ambushing frogs, lizards, and small mammals passing by.

A team led by Simon Maddock from London’s Natural History Museum discovered the new species after analyzing mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of Australian death adders in the genus Acanthophis. Previously, populations from the Kimberley region of Western Australia were thought to be the same species as those occupying the Northern Territory.

The new species name comes from the Greek words “kryptos” for cryptic or hidden and “amydros” for indistinct or dim. The findings were published in Zootaxa [pdf] last month.

The back of this 65-centimeter (26-inch) long snake is a pale orange-brown with 33 dark bands. Like others in its genus, the new snake has a diamond-shaped head and a stout body. But in addition to its unique mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences, the new death adder can also be distinguished by the slightly higher number of cream-colored scales on its underbelly. These scales are unpigmented except for one to three rows of spots.

Its range within Western Australia extends from the grassy, shrubby woodlands of Wotjulum in the west and Kununurra in the east, and it also occurs on some offshore islands including Koolan, Bigge, Boongaree, Wulalam, and an unnamed island in Talbot Bay. “Surprisingly, the snakes it most closely resembles aren’t its closest genetic relatives,” Maddock said in a statement. The team’s mitochondrial DNA analysis indicates that it’s closely related to the desert death adder, A. pyrrhus, and not the Northern Territory death adders, A. rugosus. Similarities between the Kimberley death adder and others in the area may have come about through evolutionary convergence: They ended up with the same traits because of their similar environments.

It’s unclear how many Kimberley death adders there are in the wild, but according to Maddock, they’re probably quite rare.

19 Jul 2015

Wild Boar Hunting, Australian-Style

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01 Feb 2015

Some French Marque of the Late 1930s, Right?

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FrenchCar

Wrong. It’s a Devaux Coupe, made in Australia in 2001, though obviously inspired by the great French coach builders of the ’30s.

Articles

More photos.

Devaux web-site:

Every now and then a car is launched that makes people stop in their tracks, draw breath and contemplate the ability of man to stretch the boundaries of automotive design. The Devaux coupe is such a car.

The design cues are unashamedly 1930s France. For this classic European grand tourer, with its abundance of sporting character, emanates from an era when stylish design, refinement and comfort were just as important as performance.

Indeed, the Devaux captures the essence of some of the world’s finest cars and those who know their automotive history can readily identify elements of the famous coupés of the late 1930s – like the Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo or the Bentley 41/4 litre Streamline.

The Devaux’s inspiration rests in an era when cars were designed by artists and built by craftsmen – an era when providing everlasting beauty in the ‘coachwork’ was paramount.

Yet for all its inspirations the Devaux is an original.

A unique car of beautiful proportions, it has been developed by Devaux Cars to provide the automotive connoisseur with real aesthetic and emotional pleasure.

Unique Cars tells us that back in 2009, the price was $195,000 AUD ($151,510 US).

From Madame Scherzo via Karen L. Myers.

16 Jan 2015

That’s Telling Him

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Leyonjhelm

From LibertyViral:

Australia’s first libertarian senator has some harsh words for “anti discrimination leftists” who wish to crack down on free speech.

An anti free speech social Democrat named Gary Burns in Australia got a firm rebuke when he wrote to senator David Leyonjhelm about how Australia’s multiculturalism is the law. Leyonjhelm responded harshly, saying “Go fuck yourself you communist turd.”

Australia has free speech codes, not a First Amendment like the United States. People can be prosecuted for offending others. It’s pretty disgusting and sad, but this exchange is a thing of beauty. Praise to Senator Leyonjhelm for his guts!

02 Jan 2015

38 Reasons to Never Visit Australia

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PythonWallabee
Number 2. Pythons that grow so big that they can lift wallabies.

The other 37.

01 Aug 2014

Summer Down Under

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SummerinAustralia

08 Jul 2014

1860s Australian Drunkenness Primer

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Drunkenness

According to the Temperance Society-produced vintage photographs, drunkenness has five stages.

10 Jun 2014

Largest Alluvial Gold Nugget

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WelcomStrangerNugget
(Image: Museum of Victoria)

earthstory: This is the Welcome Stranger Nugget.

Discovered in 1869 by Cornishmen John Deason and Richard Oates in Victoria, Australia, it is the largest gold nugget ever discovered.

It weighed in at 69kg (152.1 lb.) and measured 61x31cm (24×12.2″) and it was found just a couple of metres below the surface.

At the time no scale was big enough to weight the nugget so it was broken into 3 pieces and each piece weighed separately.

At today’s Gold Value the nugget would be worth

$3,786,257.01 AUD (Correct 21/09/2012 Perth Royal Mint)

To read more:

Museum Victoria

Australia Historical Finds and Discoveries

Australian Gold

VisitMaryBorough.com

Via Ratak Monodosico.

28 Mar 2014

Australian Construction Workers Not Themselves When Hungry

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Hat tip to Clarice Feldman.

09 Mar 2014

Keep Calm and Have a Cold Beer

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Eastern Brown (Pseudonaja textilis), the world’s second most venomous land snake.

54-year-old Rod Sommerville, bitten by an Eastern Brown in his backyard in Yeppoon last month, responded by first whacking his attacker on the head with a shovel, and then self-medicating with a beer while waiting for the ambulance.

“I said to myself, if I’m going to cark it I’m going to have a beer, so I got a Goldie out of the fridge and drank that; ’cause you know eastern browns are the second most venomous snake in the world,” Rod said.

Australian Morning Bulletin


Rod Sommerville

05 Mar 2014

Python Eats Crocodile

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A 10 foot water python (Liasis fuscus) was filmed, and made international news, on Sunday at Lake Moondara in Queensland, Australia defeating and then devouring a small three foot crocodile.

Brisbane Times

BBC

io9

Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

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