by James Mustafa
On Saturday the 4th of October, Scott Baker and I decided to have a crack for Painted Honeyeater in Muckleford State Forest in hope of adding to my 2014 VicTwitch list (more info see http://jamesmustafabirding.blogspot.com.au). Though the forest was alive and filled with birds we did not manage to find the target species.
As compensation, we stumbled upon a Little Whip Snake Rhinoplocephalus flagellum along Sullivan’s Track. As it was still early morning, the reptile was cold and required the sun to warm up. We watched it slowly slide its way through the forest floor, posing brilliantly for some photos. The Little Whip Snake is poisonous, so it takes an experience reptile handler to deal with this species. Fortunately, I was with one!
The Little Whip Snake was considered a non-deadly species until recently, when an unlucky herpetologist was bitten and died soon after. This species is mostly active at night and feeds on small lizards and frogs.