Today I want to show some pictures that many people might find scary…you see we all have fears..whether they are justified or just innate…I have had a fear of heights..until we had our first real holiday ever after many many years of marriage and I had to board a plane…I realised at the end of the flight a wonderful destination awaited..this conquered my fear..an innate fear this was.. I have a fear of confrontation…I dislike it with a passion after a childhood of being taught that you had no right to stand up for yourself and that if you did you would be hit, chastised or unloved…a justified fear this is.. Moving her to our property I had to come to terms with a new fear..not Bushfires which were an issue in our last location and also a justified fear..but the fear that we shared our land with a creature that could kill us or our animals..this is in fact a combination of innate fear and justified fear. I seem to be the snake whisperer in reverse..i am always the one confronted with them..hubby has only a few experiences but me…well..let’s say they see me coming 😉 The first encounter I confess to freaking out totally as Forrest and Marbles had a snake bailed up and it was huge and reared up…I got them in with food temptations and spent the rest of the day in a sweat! The second I was also a bit freaked ..called the pups in gathered the cats but then went outside and took a photo (it was in our house yard) It was a Eastern Brown Snake ..although short fanged so can’t bite through denim etc it is still one of the deadliest snakes in the world..and on taking it’s picture …and then scarpering inside.. I saw how beautiful it was…sleek..bright eyes…and so graceful
This one passed through and I was most grateful!
The next sighting was also a Brown..as I walked this very path you see with Forrest something hissed at me..i look down and a Brown curled up right next to where i was walking..i walked Forrest inside and rang the snake catcher…he came looked un the verandah (which is now enclosed with snake wire) ..nothing..he looked around the house yard ..then headed to the pile of corrugated iron in the ground near the barn..Bingo..he yelled for me to get his bag…i did..and there trying to get away from him was a huge Brown..even he said it was a cranky one and big!!
He managed to get it before it headed off towards the dam..it was very weighty in his bag and really put up a fight! it was mating season..he was hungry and he was clearly not happy.
The snakes must be relocated within 5 km of where they were found. And the $50 dollars for the snake guy is well spent!!!!
So…I have become less fearful as I have to be practical..we share the same land and live and let live…so with the recent arrival of a dead Red-Bellied Black Snake in the house yard…again those fears arose..had the cats killed it..had they been bitten…all these fears…on closer inspection(when hubby got home…yes again..me by myself…) the snake had been dead sometime..Cleo may have bought it in to the yard as a gift! It appeared to have a large twist in the middle of it and so we have come to the conclusion that this coinciding with the recent appearance again of our Wedge-tail Eagles indicates the birds have killed it and dropped it.
I used the opportunity to take pictures…these snakes are deadly..not as much so as Browns and in fact many snake catchers refuse to remove them from properties as they keep the Browns down by killing them..they are the only living creature that can survive a Brown bite!
So I wanted to show the beauty of this snake..the colors are beautiful and yes they may be scary and deadly but let’s face it us humans can be beautiful and we are in fact more deadly than many other creatures.
So if you can conquer your fears and venture onwards you will see the Red-bellied black snake that we had in our back yard.
Remember fears are usually due to lack of knowledge …she says 🙂