Dugite (Paeudonaja a. affinis)
Perth, Western Australia
It’s early spring in Perth and a Dugite emerges from its winter refuge where it has remained relatively inactive while temperatures on the surface are too low to provide a stable body temperature. After months with very little food, the Dugite has one desire; to feed on as many nutrient-rich rodents as possible in order to gain enough condition to breed over the coming months.
Male Dugites will travel many kilometres in search of a female and will battle other males they encounter for mating rights. Females conserve energy by staying relatively close to their shelters, only becoming mobile to hunt. She must conserve energy to produce around 30 eggs, sometimes laying 2 clutches in a season if conditions are optimal. The eggs are then left to self incubate, hatching approximately two months later.
Born with every instinct they need to survive, these baby Dugites will be completely independent from the time they hatch. They will prey mostly on small lizards until they mature enough to feed on rodents; becoming man’s best form of pest control.