Friday, July 14, 2006

Snake Pits

Just a quick photo without too much of a story for today; this is a Diamond python (Morelia spilota spilota) from the mid-north coast of NSW. Apart from its striking colouration and general good looks, pay special attention to the pits on the lower jaw below the eye - these are heat-sensing pits that the snake uses to locate its warm-blooded prey. Snakes in general don't have great eyesight, perhaps due to a fossorial ancestry. Posted by Picasa

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