Surfing Snake ?

Surfing Snake

Surfing Snake

 

 

Surfing Red Bellied Black Snake

Surfing Red Bellied Black Snake

DSC_7018This Red Bellied Black snake was seen on Tura Beach  heading into the ocean,when washed ashore in the surf it turned around & went back to the ocean. It appeared very docile when washed up  but as the waves touched it again it headed back again towards the water.  Any explanations on this behaviour would be welcomed.Thankyou to Norm Hamilton for the closeup photos in gallery.

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  1. Alan scrymgeour
    Alan scrymgeour says:

    Possible explanation for snake in water .if its eyes were pale blue or milky it was having a difficult shed and needed to soften its old skin.
    Regards Alan scrymgeour

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  2. Allan noone
    Allan noone says:

    Actually serious guess . I know lots of snakes swim across rivers and creeks, they have the ability to swim and reb belly blacks are a watercourse dweller. But a population living on the coast may not have the cognitive ability to comprehend the ocean is as large as it is, or that it poses a risk. So it tries to swim across the water it comes across and the waves wash it back onshore. Deer have been spotted swimming offshore. So im not sure its actually engaging in any specific function entering the surf. Just its heading in that direction perhaps exploring for new habitat due to the drought conditions we have at present. It would be interestig to ask fishermen if theyve seen terrestial snakes offshore. I doubt it because it seems beyond their cold blooded nature to tolerate the oceans cold. And the act of swimming looks energy intensive for them.

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