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Tiger Snake in the vegie patch!

Category: critters in the patch | Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:03 am

I wish I had a photo of the look on my face when I came boot to face with one of our most dangerous critters on the planet! I was watering on Saturday morning, not really thinking about much except how great it was all looking, when I looked down about 30 centimeters from my boot, right next to a wooden sleeper edge to the bed, and there was a Tiger Snake basking in the sun. Luckily it was pretty overcast, and fairly cool, so it didn't have a lot of get up and go in it. I didn't even realise I'd moved, when I found myself about 4 metres away. Oh boy! What a fright. It had gone by the time I'd gathered my senses and remembered to keep an eye on it. Needless to say, we spent most of that day clearing away all excess grass from the gardens, and picking up and mowing. It looks great now, but I'm still getting over it. Today I had another scare with a skink, and they're not even poisonous! I was apparently between it and it's bolthole, so it ran straight towards me to get to it. (Under a caravan) I'm still getting over that one. They do say things come in threes......

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eileen wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:32 am:

Let's just hope the third one (if it comes around) is something that is totally harmless Debbie. You almost feel your heart leap out of your body don't you when you see a creature like the Tiger Snake within striking distance? Thankfully it wasn't a hot sunny day when you discovered it.
I had to smile when you told us about the skink though!! LOL


daisybeans wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:33 am:

Whoa... that must have been alarming. How do you work around the possibility of a poisonous snake in your garden? Does that happen often?


debbieteale wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:24 pm:

Thanks for that Eileen.

Daisybeans, it was very alarming. When you work aywhere outside in Australia you have to remember to look where you leap. Literally!
We probably spend heaps of time near to them, but don't know it. They would rather it that way, and so would we. Unfortunately, in Spring time they wake from hibernation very hungry. That can make them quite cranky! They can get quite agressive. I live out in the farming district, and they're usually just passing through. When we discovered one in the chook pen though, it did explain why we weren't getting any eggs. Now I collect the eggs with a special tool. It's a soup ladle attached to a garden stake with electrical tape! Cool, huh?


Droopy wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:36 pm:

I suddenly remembered why I'm reluctant to visit Australia! Oh, dear. I'm so glad you weren't bitten.


debbieteale wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:47 pm:

No, no, you can't let a little thing like that put you off! Now, the blue ringed octopus, that would put you off. Or the Red back spider. Hmmm. Can I come visit you?

Naaahh. I love it here. You just have to go with what you're given. Clear white beaches, beautiful weather most of the year, no nasty tidal waves or earthquakes. (now I sound like a brochure...)


glendann wrote on Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:54 pm:

That is scarey for sure.I would have had to change my pants for sure. :)

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