Kiki was lower down in the tree when this last python appeared, and here's a photo of her reaction to it. She glared at it for a long time with her teeth bared like this. I've never seen a possum do this before; their usual defensive pose is with mouth open, making vocal threats, and with one or both hands raised with claws outstretched. I'm thinking that Kiki is not making a threatening gesture as such, but is simply readying her teeth for biting purposes. Unlike when she saw Grendel, she wasn't nervous and shying at sudden movements, but instead looked like she was going to charge at the python and attack it.
|An angry Kiki, ready to attack a carpet python 7/9/2012|
We've named Kiki's 7th baby Nosferatu after its vampirish expression. The photo in my last blog entry doesn't show this expression too well, so I'll re-post it cropped a little closer. You can click on the picture for a bigger image.
The wound on Flea's back started to get the ugly, scabby, appearance of exudative dermatitis (I'll spare you the photos). Normally this infection starts on the edge of a mucous membrane, such as around the mouth or eye, so it's unusual to see it in an isolated spot in the middle of the back. Maybe she was bitten by another possum who carried the infection in their mouth.
On the advice of Dr Jim Pollock, we have been treating Flea with Ceclor. It'll be a few days before we start seeing results.
|Dangling Flea 25/8/2012|
|Svejk 7/9/2012 [Photo by Xesce]|
The other possums are in good health and visiting regularly.
There has also been a female ringtail (as yet un-named) with two well-grown babies seen in the garden, but none have approached closely.