An interesting comment about Australia

They are found in warm coastal waters from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and are closely related to venomous terrestrial snakes in Australia.

Clearly, sea snakes are the offspring of Oz snakes that decided to go swimming.

OK.

So Oz has such vicious wildlife that even the venomous snakes decided to flee elsewhere…..

16 thoughts on “An interesting comment about Australia”

  1. ’ “We’re so unfamiliar with snakes in New Zealand that people either don’t recognise that they’re a snake, or don’t think they’re poisonous, or don’t know how to behave around them,” says Department of Conservation specialist Clinton Duffy.’

    They don’t have tv or picture books in New Zealand either?

  2. Adolff–more “verify your age” shite from SpewTube. That is show them your identity documents. They can fuck off.Anybody know a workaround for that shite?

    Don’t suppose it matters. “Raptor 12C Aus’s worst cop” vid is from 2019. The rest of them will have knocked his title as worst cop in Aus into a cocked hat by now. Aus Plod are world class scum.

  3. Julia

    They don’t have tv or picture books in New Zealand either?

    No, TV won’t arrive until about the 50’s….

    (sorry, old joke, Chester might be able to give an update as to where they are up to at the moment. Though, with Cinders at the helm, “raving bat-shit” would seem more accurate than any specific decade.)

  4. ‘Er, who destroyed all the Oz megafauna? It wasn’t Captain Cook’

    Bunyips perhaps? Or drop bears? But maybe it was the land snakes that stayed on shore.

  5. We’ve been Oz 19 years now, seen plenty of harmless tree snakes and had a number of pythons in the house, but only ever seen one Eastern Brown. We’ve had redback spiders (they get sprayed) and huntsman (I catch and release them). The biggest danger from a huntsman is when people are driving, they pull down the sun visor and a huntsman drops in their lap.

    Now drop bears, they’re an entirely different matter.

  6. I visited New Zealand for the first time in 2019 and was surprised that it has very little native fauna. There’s about 12 native birds and that’s it. It’s just so far away from everywhere.

  7. The Maoris polished off some stuff e.g. Moas. They, the Maoris, had arrived with a tropical/subtropical farming technology and almost none of it worked in temperate NZ. The great exception was the sweet potato which you can grow on the North Island and the northern part of the South. But their chooks died, their pigs died, …

    They were grand seamen but they hunted so hard that the sea mammals declined. Then they ate each other. Basically they were rescued by the British turning up.

  8. Kiwis recognise snakes. My sister was terrified of them, despite us not having any. Even NZ zoos don’t have them, by law.

    But in water people will assume it’s an eel or the like. I suspect few Kiwi kids know snakes can swim.

    And we have loads of native birds. It’s just that the shy brown ones and mountain ones tended to be the ones that survived best. Plus a native bat, so mammals are covered too.

  9. Dearime – “The Maoris polished off some stuff e.g. Moriori. That’s better.

    These, and some other ‘indigenous’ peoples across the world, were around for only a relatively short while before the white man turned up (some were originally, ‘white men’). Why they are lauded as being something special and to be given special status and ‘protected’ is beyond me, but may have something to do with the inherent dislike of the white man by white men of the more left leaning bent.

  10. And when the moas went, so did the Haast’s Eagle (twice the size of today’s largest eagle). They became extinct in the 15th century, so when Chaucer died there were still moa running through the cycad forests.

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