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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 6 12:30 AM

Nov 6, 2009: Diner in Arizona

Nirvana forwarded an email titled “Diner in Arizona”.

Quote:
These pics were taken by one of the road crew at Cloudbreak, Arizona last week.
It took a total of 5 hours for the King Snake to finish off the Goanna. (Sand Monitor)
As you can see, they put some signage up so it couldn't be run over.


So what does one do besides forward it to “all” in the address book?
I know Google it!

“Diner in Arizona” – nothing
“Cloudbreak Arizona” – nothing
“Diner in Arizona email” – one hit, essentially a copy of the same email, posted online.
“Snake eats Goanna” – Bingo! 24,400 hits

Here's one.
Quote:
Engineer Trevor McGowan, who took the shots, said he and his workmates watched on stunned as the snake consumed the goanna lizard over about five hours near Cloudbreak Mine in the Pilbara region last week.
The Irishman said he took the pictures early in the day and when he returned later he saw the goanna's 'bulge outline' inside the snake.
Now if I was smart, I’d have started with Goanna.
Quote:
Goanna is the name used to refer to any number of Australian monitor lizards of the genus Varanus, as well as to certain species from Southeast Asia.
There are around 30 species of goanna, 25 of which are found in Australia. They are a varied group of carnivorous reptiles that range greatly in size and fill several ecological niches.
But then I wouldn’t have known it was a black-headed python.
Quote:
Aspidites melanocephalus, the black-headed python, is a species of snake in the Pythonidae (python family) found in Australia. No subspecies are currently recognized.
And this last picture just proves the old adage… Paybacks, are a bitch.



ZenGum  Friday Nov 6 01:40 AM

I was a little surprised to read about goannas in Arizona. Maybe you have Ogoannas, like with Opossums.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 6 03:18 AM

No Goannas and no Pythons in Arizona wilds, except possibly lost pets.



capnhowdy  Friday Nov 6 07:52 AM

That snake has a serious blackhead.



monster  Friday Nov 6 08:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
No Goannas and no Pythons in Arizona wilds, except possibly lost pets.

I'm confused None in the wild in Arizona and yet these pictures were shot there? Are you saying it's a hoax?

go easy on me, it's Friday (I'll have my lizard-stuffed snake crispy with a goat-cheese dip and a garden salad, thanks.)


Sheldonrs  Friday Nov 6 08:51 AM

It's gonna take a lot of fiber to get that moving out.



dacliff  Friday Nov 6 09:13 AM

What? No Turducken adaptations?

As for non-indigenous animals in the wild, I think the swamps of Florida is having a pretty big problem with people letting their pet snakes go in the wild. An environment perfect for their livelihood and for breeding, only, the ecosystem there isn't used to another predator...



newtimer  Friday Nov 6 09:32 AM

"...he and his workmates watched on stunned as the snake consumed the goanna lizard over about five hours..."

Guys? Get back to work! Lazy unions...grumble...



Nirvana  Friday Nov 6 09:42 AM

Thanks for finding that Bruce! I thought these were cool pictures but I did not think lizards like that existed outside zoos here in the USA. The dirt looks all wrong too. It looks like red clay. I think when people pass around emails its kind of like playing that game called telephone and the real story is interesting.



dar512  Friday Nov 6 10:12 AM

If the goanna is a monitor, is the snake a merrimack?



Scriveyn  Friday Nov 6 10:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
"...he and his workmates watched on stunned as the snake consumed the goanna lizard over about five hours..."
The best thing next to watching paint dry.


Undertoad  Friday Nov 6 10:22 AM

No, it's a DVI cable.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 6 11:37 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
I'm confused None in the wild in Arizona and yet these pictures were shot there? Are you saying it's a hoax?

go easy on me, it's Friday (I'll have my lizard-stuffed snake crispy with a goat-cheese dip and a garden salad, thanks.)
Yes. Like many emails that circulate, the pictures remain the same, but the story changes.

This one said AZ, but the lizard is only found in AU/S.E.Asia, and the snake only in AU. So it turns out to be a true story from Australia, not Arizona.

There was/is another email(s) going around about a moose being born on someone's lawn. The pictures are real, but the story places it in every northern U.S. state, or Canada, depending on which email you get.


Cloud  Friday Nov 6 11:43 AM

Aim confuzed bie de titel. waz specting stools n shakes not snakes. Suppose 2bee "dinner"?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 6 11:46 AM

Probably, but the email said Diner. I suppose the snake is the diner, in this case.



Cloud  Friday Nov 6 11:47 AM

(laughs)



blueboy56  Friday Nov 6 12:31 PM

Once more truth, justice and the American way wins out. After reading all of the posts, I, uh . . . went back to the original quote, then googled Pilbara.
It's in Australia.



classicman  Friday Nov 6 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
This one said AZ, but the lizard is only found in AU/S.E.Asia, and the snake only in AU. So it turns out to be a true story from Australia, not Arizona.
Perhaps a spellchecker took over and changed Australia to Arizona.


monster  Friday Nov 6 11:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by classicman View Post
Perhaps a spellchecker took over and changed Australia to Arizona.

or OZ to AZ


richlevy  Saturday Nov 7 12:39 AM

I thought they meant this too!




hipshot  Saturday Nov 7 01:03 AM

This is not exactly the usual "warm and fuzzy" Friday IOTD...



ZenGum  Saturday Nov 7 01:42 AM

Caption:


N........n......n.....n.....o.....o....o.....o....o....m....m....m.....m....m!



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Nov 7 01:43 AM

Would you believe, warm and slimy?
Yeah, hipshot, I thought about that, but the pictures aren't that gross. And since Nirvana piqued my interest and I'd spent all that time tracking it down, I didn't have time to look for another.

Besides, I'd hate to see you all get complacent on Fridays.



SPUCK  Saturday Nov 7 05:56 AM

Arizona, Australia, just different spellings for the same place, just like Australia and Austria. Same difference.



Griff  Saturday Nov 7 06:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Caption:


N........n......n.....n.....o.....o....o.....o....o....m....m....m.....m....m!
That snake just saved us a step.


Gravdigr  Saturday Nov 7 04:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
Aim confuzed bie de titel. waz specting stools n shakes not snakes. Suppose 2bee "dinner"?
Make no mistake; when that snake fully digests that lizard, there will be one hell of a stool. And he will probably be shaking when he drops it.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 8 01:01 AM

I found the Black Headed Python, but for some reason when I try to find out what kind of snake this is, I get distracted.




capnhowdy  Sunday Nov 8 08:33 AM

What snake? Pic, please.



TheMercenary  Sunday Nov 8 10:05 AM

Killer earrings on that chick! Nice.



SPUCK  Monday Nov 9 05:45 AM

Merc. You don't wear earrings THAT low.



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