Snake on a wire

[JAC: In lieu of “readers’ wildlife” today, we have “Mayer’s wildlife”: His disquisition on snake locomotion. Be sure to keep those photos coming in, and don’t worry if you haven’t seen yours yet, as I have them all.] by Greg Mayer Matthew sends the following tweet of a tiger snake making its way along a […]

A crustacean whodunit: which sea creature attacked an Aussie teen?

by Greg Mayer Appropriately following upon Jerry’s monstrous, triffid-like seed pod,  an attack by tiny monsters on an Australian teenager has been splashed across world media, including the BBC and the New York Times. The victim, Sam Kanizay was cooling off after a football match by wading in the sea near Melbourne. After a half […]

Australian placental cats

by Greg Mayer Australia is a zoogeographer’s dream world—it’s the most spectacularly distinctive place on Earth, and we know why. Around 250 million years ago, most of the world’s continental plates amalgamated into a single super-continent—Pangaea. During the Mesozoic (the “Age of Reptiles”), Pangaea began breaking up, with many of today’s southern continents (South America, Africa, […]

You couldn’t make this stuff up. Maybe.

by Grania Just in case you think rightwing homophobic nuttery is confined to a certain political party in a certain country south of Canada and north of Mexico, here’s heartening news. Or not. Australia’s agricultural minister Barnaby Joyce is finally achieving global fame for claiming that legalising same-sex marriage could damage cattle exports. The Independent reports him […]