What is it?
#11
(07-07-2017, 04:55 AM)only-borders Wrote: Some sort of spider?

No, not that many legs LOL Off to the market now, will be home again in 14 hours. If nobody has guessed by then I'll tell.
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4225 14 hours to go to the market. And I thought my hour drive each way was bad.  Undecided

My next guess is snake.
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(07-07-2017, 10:36 AM)only-borders Wrote: 4225 14 hours to go to the market. And I thought my hour drive each way was bad.  Undecided

My next guess is snake.

Haha, no I have a market stall at the quite famous Eumundi Markets. It is an artisans market where mostly only product you make yourself can be sold. I have customers from all over the country and the world, many of whom come back each year during their holidays. Eumundi is half way between where I live in the hinterland and the very popular and somewhat upmarket seaside tourist destination of Noosa Heads. Only takes me 1/2 hour to get there but setting up is a chore. Market runs from 6.30am until 2.15pm, then pack up and drive home.

So the answer is fresh water Red Claw Yabbies. Look like a crayfish and only grow to 8" long. They are in many dams and waterways but the volcanic hill we live on has unusual geography. There is only about 10-14" of top soil and then shale rock layers that lie in sheets. The yabbies travel between the layers and pop up all over the place. They even travel up hill for 50-60mt away from the nearest dam. They are carnivorous so I guess they travel for worms and grubs etc. After big rains the water level rises in the holes even though they are much higher than the nearest creek or dam. When this happens the yabbies do their housework and excavate their holes. You can see in one photo the dried up mud that has been excavated. Sometimes several yabbies surface in the same place and the entry is quite big, enough for my ride on mower to get bogged in if I don't notice them when the grass is very long. You can go less than 1/2 mile in any direction and not see this odd phenomena as they don't travel through the rich red and deep soil that surrounds our hill.
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That is really cool - both the market and the Yabbie Smile Never heard of them! Remind me to get with you on tourist destinations whenever an out-of-country vacation can be afforded Big Grin
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What is it? It's between 3 and 4 inches long. (7.60-10.16 cm)

   
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(07-11-2017, 08:02 AM)only-borders Wrote: What is it? It's between 3 and 4 inches long. (7.60-10.16 cm)

Giant Water Bug - Belostomatidae    ???????
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#17
Cicada?
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#18
What is it ? A disgusting deliberately introduced creature.


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(07-11-2017, 10:01 PM)Trifan Wrote:
(07-11-2017, 08:02 AM)only-borders Wrote: What is it? It's between 3 and 4 inches long. (7.60-10.16 cm)

Giant Water Bug - Belostomatidae    ???????

Ding, ding, ding. Yes Trifan you are correct. 

I found this guy/gal in our pond while I was cutting some overgrown plants from around the rocks. I have seen them before but never this large. This one actually grabbed onto my glove.  Blink 
I googled it and found out they can really do some damage to fingers and fish. I don't usually wear gloves in the pond unless I'm cutting back plants. I guess I'll be wearing gloves from now on.


Is that a Cane Toad?
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(07-12-2017, 04:27 AM)only-borders Wrote:
(07-11-2017, 10:01 PM)Trifan Wrote: Giant Water Bug - Belostomatidae    ???????

Ding, ding, ding. Yes Trifan you are correct. 

I found this guy/gal in our pond while I was cutting some overgrown plants from around the rocks. I have seen them before but never this large. This one actually grabbed onto my glove.  Blink 
I googled it and found out they can really do some damage to fingers and fish. I don't usually wear gloves in the pond unless I'm cutting back plants. I guess I'll be wearing gloves from now on.


Is that a Cane Toad?
Yes it is !  Introduced in the 1950's by the Dep't of agriculture, supposedly as a biological control for the cane beatle in our QLD sugar cane fields. Not enough research went into it and turns out it doesn't eat cane beatles at all. It has driven many species to the brink of extinction by disrupting the natural food chain and eating the tadpoles and young native frogs. Breeds prolifically and has no natural predators as it is highly toxic. It has spread from North QLD right down through the state and into NSW. Also across the top end into the Northern Territory where it threatens the species of a pristine wilderness known as the Kimberley region. Highly toxic to dogs as well. It's back oozes a greasy toxin, you can see the white droplets in the photo. Also shoots a toxic liquid from the sacks that sit behind the eye shield, inline with the front legs. It can shoot 3ft in the air. Dogs get poisoned by trying to catch them and also because they sit in outside water bowls at night. Many dogs die from them but some actually lick them and get high as kites from the toxin. A family member has a pug that is addicted to licking toads and doesn't get sick just high as a kite.
When my grandson was young we used to go on toad hunts and one night we caught 20kg/44lbs. We bag them up and freeze them. The clever crow has evolved in such a way that they now know how to eat them, they flip them over and slash open the belly. This one was in my swimming pool. The red around the nose is because I smacked it on the head to kill it, nope I feel no shame.
Some local Gov't have in the past put a bounty on them, paying kids for every one caught. It was a great control method but was stopped because of the responsibility factor should kids get squirted in the eyes. It doesn't really hurt and most wear eye protection and gloves just like I did with my grandson but you know how the blame game goes.
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