A pythonesque way of finding rare animals

The first thing he found was a Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake curled round a rock. “‘Scuse me,” said the Elephant’s Child most politely, “but have you seen such a thing as a Crocodile in these promiscuous parts?”“Have I seen a Crocodile?” said the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake, in a voice of dretful scorn. “What will you…

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…

Lantana: a fuel’s paradise?

Given the sheer number of invasive species in New Zealand and the difficulties that we have with them it often feels like things couldn’t get much worse for our native ecosystems. Of course things can always get worse and there are some prominent invasive pest species in other parts of…

Not so different

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Rohith C. Yalamanchali as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Australia and New Zealand: different environments, similar weeds.Sourced from Google Earth. Invasion biologists use the term “naturalisation” to describe when introduced species form self-sustaining wild populations. A subset…