I found out it was Steve Irwin Day (15 November) a bit late in the day yesterday. Steve was a bit of a “roll your eyes” phenomenon in Australia – a bit over-the-top, but my estimation of him went up after I researched him when he died (shame on me for not appreciating him earlier). His huge conservation efforts continue, in the shape of Terri Irwin and kids, and their team. (By the way, the mad-keen Brit wildlife documentary presenter Steve Backshall reminds me of Steve Irwin in his enthusiasm for animals in general and reptiles in particular.)
So when a surprise encounter with a Boiga irregularis (the brown tree snake, also known around here as the night tiger) happened last night, I thought it fitting to take a photo of the reptile in honour of Steve.
It’s not a dangerous snake – venomous but rarely bites humans. It sat snoozing in the pot – may have been there all day with me wandering past unknowingly – until full dark, then disappeared for its nightly hunt. We have a lot of these snakes around here. I often wondered where they went during the day, and now I know!