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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania

Postby walkinTas » Sun 04 May, 2008 6:35 pm

ben.h wrote:Can someone tell me what animal this is (was)? I assume it is a carnivore from the teeth. Approx size: 220 - 300ml end to end.


Do you have more photos? My first guess would be wombat. compare here.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania

Postby ben.h » Sun 04 May, 2008 7:44 pm

No I haven't figured out what it is yet, although, that wombat skull looks similar in shape. The only thing that causes me doubt is the teeth. I wish I had taken more photos (or brought it home) but I didn't.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania

Postby Speculator » Sun 04 May, 2008 7:55 pm

the_camera_poser wrote:Have you found out what the skull is yet? You could email the pic to the National Museum for ID.


It'd be funny if you did and they just emailed you back to say it was a sheep! :lol:
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania

Postby ben.h » Sun 04 May, 2008 8:11 pm

I think perhaps a wallaby? The skull shape (particularly the eye socket area) and teeth look very similar.

I couldn't find a Bennetts Wallaby skull but here's one from a rock wallaby:
http://www.skullsunlimited.com/graphics ... ull-lg.jpg
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby flyfisher » Fri 09 May, 2008 9:16 pm

This ia a moth which dropped into our campsite at Arthurs Lake Easter 2007


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Looks almost dangerous close up.

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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby Joe » Mon 12 May, 2008 7:41 am

Christ on a bike...that thing is evil!
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby dee_legg » Tue 13 May, 2008 2:07 pm

looks like a sheep skull to me!
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby ben.h » Wed 11 Jun, 2008 6:49 pm

Hitchhiker (Cathedral Rock)

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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby woka » Wed 11 Jun, 2008 9:00 pm

Does this count:

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I mean to say, those eye are pretty evil!

There was the time I found a roo tick on my.... no, let's not go there <shudder>.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania

Postby Robbo » Wed 11 Jun, 2008 10:06 pm

Hello All

My story relates to a wombat as well. While walking on Maria Island a couple of years ago, we came across a wombat. I said to the guy who was with me for us to stand still and see what happened. Well what did surprised us both! The wombat sniffed the air a couple of times and then walked towards us. To make a long story short, it came right up to us, sniffed my friend and then moved over to me, and licked my leg! Dave took a photo and this spooked it and off it went into the bush beside the track. An amazing encounter I reckon.

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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby Speculator » Fri 13 Jun, 2008 11:46 am

woka wrote:Does this count:

IMG_9046.jpg


I mean to say, those eye are pretty evil!

There was the time I found a roo tick on my.... no, let's not go there <shudder>.


Hahaha... probably not, but it is frickin hillarious! ;)

I have a photo with a similar theme here, it was taken on track, looking for a geocache that had gone missing! ;)

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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby sarge » Wed 18 Jun, 2008 3:22 pm

Just thought of a somewhat funny (!) experience on our Jan 07 OT trip. We stayed at the 'cosy cabins' campsite the day before our walk and filled in the spare half day we had with a walk to Cradle Mt summit. We stopped into the visitors centre on the way and ran into a group of rather excitable overseas tourists who were about to set off for a day walk to dove lake.

We completed our hike and came back via the ronny creek carpark and ran into one of the tourists, an American lady who was sitting beside a small tarn about 10 metres from the boardwalk in a very distressed state and yelling for help. Thinking the worst (i.e. broken limb) we left the boardwalk and trudged over to her and found her covered in at least 20-30 leeches. She was wearing shorts and a t-shirt so her legs, arms and face were basically covered in them. After calming her down a bit she explained that she was 'fossicking' and had no idea there were leeches there. By this stage the bus driver on the shuttle had noticed the hubbub and took the lady back to the visitors centre for some leech removal attention.

Funny thing was when she was walking off with the driver she started shouting at him that no one from the visitors centre had warned her there were leeches! and that there should be warning signs everywhere!
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby woka » Wed 18 Jun, 2008 6:53 pm

Speculator wrote:
woka wrote:Does this count:

IMG_9046.jpg


I mean to say, those eye are pretty evil!

There was the time I found a roo tick on my.... no, let's not go there <shudder>.


Hahaha... probably not, but it is frickin hillarious! ;)

I have a photo with a similar theme here, it was taken on track, looking for a geocache that had gone missing! ;)

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LOL.. Dogs, ya gotta love 'em.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby MJD » Thu 26 Jun, 2008 8:38 pm

This wedge tail eagle landed in a tree not far from me on the Arm River Track and then watched while I took a few photos. Not sure if he was sizing me up for lunch.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby corvus » Thu 26 Jun, 2008 10:19 pm

Magic Pic couple of Months ago One flew up the middle of the Anthony Link Road right at my car :) saw one over Devonport Quoiba area on Wed :)
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby MJD » Fri 27 Jun, 2008 6:36 pm

Lucky. I love watching eagles, they seem to have an aura of command or perhaps it's disdain about them.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby tasadam » Sat 28 Jun, 2008 7:44 pm

Cave spider, in an adit, Montezuma Falls.

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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby corvus » Sat 28 Jun, 2008 8:33 pm

Cave spiders are really nice my closest encounter was in one of the small caves at Redwater Creek and from memory it was carrying its sac of babies which made it look bigger.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby tasadam » Sat 28 Jun, 2008 8:56 pm

Corvus, like "ripe", you need to choose your words more carefully.
I can't think of one thing that is "nice" about it. Apart from being one of God's creatues and all that...
Oh, and hang out in caves, where I don't.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby corvus » Sat 28 Jun, 2008 9:41 pm

Hey tasadam are you a scardy cat around spiders ,anything that kills Mozzies is a friend in my books I even catch and release white tips from my house and any Huntsmen/women I treat like friends :)
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby tasadam » Sun 29 Jun, 2008 7:02 am

corvus wrote:Hey tasadam are you a scardy cat around spiders ,anything that kills Mozzies is a friend in my books I even catch and release white tips from my house and any Huntsmen/women I treat like friends :)

Not scared as such, just that I choose my friends more carefully.
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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby tasadam » Tue 03 Feb, 2009 11:05 pm

tasadam wrote:Cave spider, in an adit, Montezuma Falls.

img http://www.tasadam.com/forumstuff/bushw ... spider.jpg

I just found out something rather interesting about teh cave spider I thought I would share...
http://stott.customer.netspace.net.au/spiders.htm
The whole article is pretty interesting, but of note,
the cave spider, which is found only in Tasmania and has many unusual characteristics.

One of these is its courtship and mating, which can take up to six hours.

The male must spend hours wooing the female, seductively tapping her on the head with one of his legs.

He aims to get her in a "tight embrace", using legs specifically shaped for this task, while avoiding being bitten.

"If she hasn't eaten for long enough she will have a go at eating him", Dr Doran said.

Unlike most spiders, which make a vertical web, Hickmania troglodytes spin a horizontal mesh which snares insects that fall from the cave roof. Occasionally it will jump up and down on the web to find out whether an insect has been captured.

The spider, which can grow to a leg span of 18cm, is found mainly in caves, including Mole Creek and Mt Wellington systems, but also in rainforests and mine shafts.

Its origins date back more than 200 million years.

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Re: Wildlife encounters in Tasmania (multiple image warning)

Postby the_camera_poser » Wed 04 Feb, 2009 8:08 am

We've been lucky in the 7 months we've been here:

Wombats
Platypus
Bennett's Pademelons
Wallabies
Forester Roos
Pottoroo
Many many echidnas
Tiger Snake
Blue Tongues
Brushies (of course)
Ringtail (only one though :( )
Bandicoots (not the barred one though)
Many devils :D (all healthy too, so far)
Spotted Tail Quolls (posed for a picture even)
Eastern Quolls

Things that are high on my list to see in Tassie:

Bettong
Water Rat (I love them)
Pygmy Possum
Sugar Glider
Copperhead
Whip Snake
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Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby kanangra » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 12:03 pm

Over the Christmas break I took a walk for a few days in the Blue Mts. and saw quite a lot of wildlife. Numerous kangaroos and wallabies of various descriptions. Wombats, some quite light in colour. Eagles soaring on the thermal current off Crafts Wall. Glossy black cockatoos. Goannas. Black snakes. Trout. Eel. What have you seen out there lately?

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Re: Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby Lindsay » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 12:40 pm

Last Thursday....leech...on my wrist....sucking my lifes blood.... :shock:
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Re: Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby ronin » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 1:57 pm

A 1 metre male tiger snake right in my path just before the duck boards between Mt Connection and Mt Wellington about 3 weeks ago.
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Re: Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby tomberli » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 4:21 pm

A young Tassie Devil on our way to the Walls!
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Re: Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby dancier » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 8:36 pm

While walking around Dove lake a Tiger snake sunning itself on the boardwalk, it was reluctant to move so I could pass. While sitting at Furgies campground chatting to a German guy this wombat strolls past as though we were not there. I woke after a disturbance to find a possum in the vestibule scavenging for food so I moved him on only to hear the people in the tent near me doing the same so this possum was doing the rounds.
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Re: Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby Erica » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 9:37 pm

A quoll at the Lake Vera hut at Frenchmans, tried to steal my lunch! It was wandering around us for at least 45mins, very tame.
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Re: Wildlife seen on your last walk?

Postby davehenderson » Sun 17 Jan, 2010 10:10 pm

The biggest, fattest echidna I have ever seen half way up Quamby Bluff last Friday. He was a real porker! But then again he probably went home and relayed a similar observation to his family about a bush walker he saw that day... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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