Pythons: flat snakes have a well-rounded diet

You are what you eat and this applies to snakes as well as people. We have just been through student orientation and as I cycle around the streets of Lincoln I could make a study on the diet of students by what they leave behind. Empty pizza boxes and beer…

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The 2011 Biodiversity Night-Out

In this age of iPhones and electric cars, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all animals in a food web. Despite our technological prowess, we are completely dependent on nature and the services provided by the world’s biological diversity. To appreciate just how…

Just browsing thanks

At my house we have our own pest mammal species – teenage boys. Packs of them occasionally descend on our home and browse their way through the pantry. If we were to forbid them from our home would this be beneficial to our food stocks? Or would our resident teenagers…

Surviving in the big city

Humans have a lot of impacts on the world. While many types of habitat are in decline, there is one that continues to expand – urban areas. Here at Lincoln, even though we are 14 kms from the edge of Christchurch, there is a lot of development. Subdivisions with names…