Australia is known for its poisonous snakes – Although it often takes longer (6 to 24 hours), a Tiger snake can bring on death within as little as 30 minutes, Black snakes are also highly poisonous, but it is the aggressive and fast moving Brown snake that can and will bite multiple times and are responsible for killing more Australians per year than any other snake – It’s not just people who try to kill or catch them that get bitten either, it’s people stepping over logs or rocks or people walking in long grass, people who simply do not see them.
Did I mention long grass? Our new (old) little house in its glorious wilderness/pastureland isolation hadn’t been lived in for some time. The grass was long right up to the house and all around it. We have all three of those snakes mentioned here, plus others. When I say here, I really mean here, not just in the area but on the doorstep!
In the first couple of weeks here as I got the grass under control, I saw two snakes immediately on stepping outside, both out in the open and within feet of the house. The first was a Black snake and the second was a Tiger snake (both big ones). Greg saw a third one during a visit here, which vanished into his work shed and we think is a Brown.
These aren’t like pythons that I would gladly pick up and have photos taken with – you don’t mess with these things. While I appreciate snakes and will not kill them, I don’t want them under my feet whenever I step outside. I want our cats to survive too.
Solution? Yes, I actually found one.
The idea of venomous animals in close proximity and in large numbers is frightening. In Sweden we dont have any venomous creatures that pose real danger to humas – with one exception, a snake. The snake itself is technically not that dangerous, no more than a bee, but for some people probe to panic attacks it can be, much like a bee sting to someone who is alergic, but otherwise relatively harmless – not the mention shy and generally scared of people. Deadly creepies and crawlies is nightmarish stuff! In sweden one of our most damgerous animals is probably female moose when they have their calves. Super aggresive and utterly fearless.
Hi Frederik – Now a moose would scare me! We don’t have them here. In Australia most snakes are highly poisonous and so are spiders (and things like jellyfish). The big creatures here are pretty harmless, except for crocodiles up north, of course. Makes you wonder why the smaller animals and insects are so venomous!
My father worked in the bush a lot and he taught me how to watch out for snakes and to always be aware of such dangers when outside, particularly in rural areas and bushland. That always stayed with me. Here where we moved to, there are very few spiders at least, but a huge number of snakes. I guess it’s because we’re in the mountains.
Moose would scare me because in some cases you can back away from a snake or keep your distance. I don’t know that you can do that with an angry moose!