The SAHG is a group of people dedicated to the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians through regular meetings, field trips, educational displays, talks and involvement with government and non-government conservation groups.
"'The Inland Carpet Python, Morelia spilota metcalfei is uncommonly sighted in the wild. This specimen was observed on a kayaking trip down the River Murray in late 2012 at about 1130 on Nov 3. I was paddling in the middle of the river near the SA /NSW border when I noticed a different ripple pattern in the water about 20m away. Paddling over to investigate it soon became apparent that it was a snake. Fully expecting it to be an Eastern Brown Snake, I was most surprised & excited when I observed the dorsal pattern & immediately recognised it to be an Inland Python. How privileged to see a python swimming across the river in the middle of the day, also realising that this would be a valuable record for the Biological Database of SA. I scooped the 1.2m snake out of the river & with it in one hand & camera in other hand snapped of a few images, whilst at same time trying to balance my kayak to prevent capsize. I quickly returned the snake to the water and recorded GPS position to complete the record. This was the only snake that I observed during my 1770 km paddle down the Murray, but in this case quality beats quantity!" Ian Williams, SAHG committee member
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