An Abundance of Wildlife

Slaty-grey Snakes, Dubious Dtella and Amethystine Pythons!

If you know where to look, you can discover an abundance of wildlife around Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

A recent wildlife observation night hosted by Skyrail’s Environment Department and Rangers uncovered some interesting residents in the bush land around the Smithfield terminal.

Slaty-Gray Snake. Photo by Tim Hackwood.

The first animal to make an appearance was a Slaty-grey Snake (Stegonotus cucullatus). These snakes are very common around the Cairns area and are usually found at night near water. They are non-venomous, but closely resemble the potentially dangerous Eastern Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens). This is an important reminder that it can be difficult to determine whether a snake is venomous or not. As such it’s best that all snakes are left alone.

Dubious Dtella. Photo by Tim Hackwood.

As the night drew to a close, a medium-sized Amethystine Python (Morelia kinghorni) was spotted in the front gardens. None of the Rangers had ever come across this individual before so this was a great find!

Photo by Tim Hackwood.

With the next observation night planned to occur during the wet-season, who knows what may be uncovered residing in the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.


Australian Tropical rainforest information and Images supplied by Skyrail Environmental Ranger & Wildlife photographer Tim Hackwood.