Thursday, 28 September 2017

Snakes Alive!


This is a green tree snake that was living in our suburban garden.

Earlier this week when driving home from work I was enjoying the abundance of Kingfishers flying around. (I believe they are Sacred Kingfishers.) Flashes of iridescent turquoise caught my eye as I drove along. There was also a goodly number of them sitting along the power-lines. Inwardly I rejoiced at this lovely pageant of nature. I was feeling grateful that this pageant marked the part of my journey near my home, as I commute to work. 

Much further up the road I could see a pothole that stretched across the middle of the bitumen. I thought that was strange as the pothole had not been there in the morning when I had driven to work. As I drew closer I saw that it wasn't a pothole at all but a large Red Belly Black snake that had decided to cross the road. It is Spring breeding season so this was probably a male seeking female type situation. 

As I had already moved to the edge of the road to avoid what I though was a pothole, I managed not to run over the snake. I checked by rear vision mirror to make sure he was still on the road and had not become caught up under my car. Driving home and into the garage with him caught up under my car was not  something I really wanted to experience. 


10 comments:

  1. The snakes are starting to move here too, Sherri. So far, two carpet snakes - one under the eaves of our front verandah and the other on the road just down the hill. Some years we see quite a few here and other years not so many. Mainly carpet pythons, whip snakes and greens. Meg

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    1. On our property here I have seen a couple of browns and another snake that might have been a taipan.

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  2. I love the little green tree snakes. So brightly coloured and their eyes, are amazing! But I'lll skip the larger, more dangerous snakes pleease. I ran over a brown snake crossing the road, once. It was so long, it almost spanned both sides of the road! I didn't see it, until I was upon it, because there were tree shadows, being cast on the road.

    I felt bad, but knew how impossible it is to see dark shapes on the road, when shadows are on it. Glad you missed the snake though. :)

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    1. Me too. Red Belly Blacks are don't have a reputation of being aggressive. Though I am glad I saw him while I was in the car and not out on the walking track by the side of the road.

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  3. I am absolutely petrified of snakes. We live opposite a creek so I'm always careful out walking.

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    1. Me too Kylie. I would rather sit through Wolf Creek with my eyes open than see a snake in the yard.

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  4. Yikes! Yes the amorous snakes are sure out and about from now on! Lol

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    1. Yes, especially with the return of the hot weather so early in Spring.

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  5. Having been bitten by a snake once, I am now rather shy(!) of the old snakies.

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