AITW List – Sixth and Seventh Ticks – Snake and Freshwater Crocodile

3/08/2015  Within 50 metres of our campsite at the Lakes Resort Caravan Park, are a couple of glorious lakes, the largest of which is Lake Deane. The lakes are fed by Berry Creek and provide a crystal clear habitat for fish and birdlife. Most days, we went bird watching along the tracks that extended around the lakes and through the adjacent bushland.

As we were strolling along, trying to be as quiet as possible so as not to scare the birds, I just about trod on a Slaty-grey Snake half hidden in the grass at my feet. Not sure which of us got the biggest shock, but it reared up and looked decidedly unfriendly. I took note of the shorts and thongs I was wearing and realised they didn’t qualify as appropriate personal protection equipment and back-pedalled very quickly.

Slaty-grey Snake - Berry Springs (NT)

Slaty-grey Snake – Berry Springs (NT)

Further along the track, we came across two crocs in the water, one only very small and the other about 1.5m.

Freshwater Crocodile - Berry Springs (NT)

Freshwater Crocodile – Berry Springs (NT)

On the day we visited the Mary River area we also saw crocs on the Adelaide and Mary Rivers. At Corroboree Billabong we were less than three metres from a small freshwater crocodile.

Corroboree Billabong (NT)

Corroboree Billabong (NT)

Freshwater Crocodile - Corroboree Billabong (NT)

Freshwater Crocodile – Corroboree Billabong (NT)

Di got to place a tick against Snake and Crocodile on her “Animals in the Wild List”.

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