Spiny Ant Eaters are Not Harmful

Spiney Ant eater at Port Pirie S aoustralia

This is my day 3 of my ‘7 days of nature challenge’ We found this little guy hiding among the growth at a Caravan Park in South Australia. They eat ants, hence the name. Although, they will not hurt you, those spikes are there for a reason to protect them from predators.   They are really cute little guys, and yes, those spikes are sharp so be careful.

As hard as we tried we could not get a photo of his face, which was disappointing. He kept it hidden.

 

Lace Monitor at Free Camp in Queensland

I heard a noise amongst the dead leaves at a free campsite at the Chimneys in Queensland. As I hate snakes, I took off and watched from a distance.  I was shocked at the size of the lizard that appeared before me.  At first, I was relieved to see it was not a snake, although this was six foot long and as I had never seen one before it was scary. This is my second entry for the 7 days of nature challenge.Lace Monitor

These are beautiful, especially as they eat snakes.  Their feet are huge too.  As my husband and I watched we saw more movement and another one appeared through the bushes. This one was slightly smaller and it was missing a piece of his tale. They both wandered around the area in between the campers without bothering anyone.

 

Camping and Campfire cooking essentials

Before you go camping on your next holiday there are a few things you need to make sure you don’t leave behind.  There is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite and find that you have left your matches, camp oven or even your torch.

If you have left any of the things behind, your weekend will be a big disappointment.  Therefore the safest way of making sure that you have everything is to make  two lists. You want to have  a “to do” list of everything you need to do before you leave. Plus a “Take list”.  Then you can tick them all off as you pack or do the things on your lists.

Always make sure that you take enough water to your campsite as many places do not cater for excess water.

To Do List

  • Cancel the paper, if going away for any length of time.
  • Turn off excess powered items
  • Charge up all your electronic, camera, laptops, phones and whatever else needs charging

Take List

  • Matches
  • First aid kit
  • Torches
  • Lighting
  • camp oven
  • enough water
  • Bedding
  • Cook Stove with enough gas

This is only a few things to give you an idea on things to do and take with you.