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Black-headed python battle

It may look like a scene from Dirty Dancing, but this footage taken on Toomba Station, Charters Towers, captures two male black-headed pythons locked in a dispute over the right to breed with a nearby female.

Black-headed pythons (Aspidites melanocephalus) aren’t venomous and can grow to 3.5 metres long. They’re found primarily in the northern regions of Australia, preferring habitats like savannas and dry scrublands.

Most pythons have heat pits in their heads to help them detect warm-blooded prey, but not these guys as they specialise in catching reptiles. They eat lizards and snakes, including some of the most venomous snakes in the world. They are immune to the venom and use their strong bodies to coil around and constrict their prey before consuming it whole.

Thanks to Josephine Heading for capturing this video on her Toomba property. Thanks also to Stephen Zozaya for identifying that both snakes are males.NQ Dry Tropics works with the Heading family to help them protect biodiversity on their property.

Featured Case Study – Spotswoods Lagoon
Spotswoods Lagoon Case Study

Restoring wetland function at Spotswoods Lagoon

Spotswoods Lagoon is a 100ha shallow coastal wetland on farmer Gary Spotswood’s property, about 15km south of Home Hill, in North Queensland. Situated on the Burdekin Delta, it’s an important support area for the internationally-renowned wetlands of Bowling Green Bay. During flood events its waters flow into Cape Upstart and the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

The lagoon is a haven for many migratory wader birds, including the red-necked avocet, black-fronted dotterel, red-necked stint, and the endangered Australian painted snipe. But as recently as 2013, these birds, some of which travel from as far afield as Siberia, were nowhere to be seen – and around half the lagoon was covered with thick weeds, in particular Typha spp., commonly known as cumbungi.

Since 2013 NQ Dry Tropics has been running two separate projects concurrently – Systems Repair (funded by the Australian Government) and Landscape Resilience (funded by the Queensland Government), to restore the lagoon to its natural function.

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Burdekin Dry Tropics NRM Plan
2015-2016 Annual Report
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The visionary Burdekin Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management (NRM) Plan is the only one of its kind in the region and forms the blueprint for how the community can work together to protect and sustainably manage our natural resources for the next 10 years.
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Annual Report 2015-16“NQ Dry Tropics has so much to be proud of this year; we’ve produced new plans, secured new investments, entered into exciting new partnerships, and continued to support our region’s communities to sustainably manage natural resources in the Burdekin region.

We cherish our excellent links with our community, industry and government partners – and they continue to grow. Together we are delivering amazing on-ground achievements and we look forward to many more successes together in the future.”
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