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my blood ran cold

Category: my garden | Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:51 am

i never really knew how this expression went, until i trundled up the hill away from the garden where i had been vigorously working for an hour or so, and there on the path was a 5 ft long snake basking in the sun, only a couple of metres from where'd i'd been. It's one thing knowing they're all around you in the bush, it's another seeing them so brazenly lying right next to you. It's either a dugite (only moderately poisonous and non aggresive), or a western brown, aka gwadar, aka Pseudonaja nuchali, who apparently are coomonly found near habitations, and being quite venomous, have been responsible for 6 out of the 10 recorded deaths from snakebite in this city. I zoomed in with camera, so much more powerful than mine eyes, and turns out it is dead. Still, from now on, I'm leaving the screen doors closed.

dead snake ( photo / image / picture from brombear's Garden )

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Frank wrote on Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:59 am:

I actually spent a good half an hour earlier chasing a baby lizard around the apartment, so I could catch and release him outside :)

brombear wrote on Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:02 pm:

nice! i also save all insects and animals. I spent half an hour chasing the charming but murderous cat whom i share house with around the bus, trying to get him to drop a sizable liazrd. he is now wearing a lop-sided collar, hopefully upsets balance. Gardeners are always such lovely people, I'm glad to hear you care for the little lizards


eileen wrote on Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:08 pm:

Do be extra careful brombear when your working in your garden. We don't want to hear you've been rushed to hospital with a potentially lethal snakebite!!
I'm trying to encourage Smooth snakes, Grass snakes and Sloworms into my garden here in Scotland. None of them are venemous but do a great job at ridding the garden of pests.

brombear wrote on Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:14 pm:

thanks for your caring thoughts! i want to live to make another garden too. I love that you are encouraging all the life into your yard. Everyone loves a happening ecosystem!


Kay wrote on Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:46 pm:

I can understand your expression "blood ran cold"
I am afraid of snakes.
I'm sure I would've had a very vocal reaction as well!

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